Building an Acoustic and Articulatory Corpus of French as an Additional Language

Building an Acoustic and Articulatory Corpus of French as an Additional Language

Professor Vincent Chanethom, Assistant Professor of French, was selected as one of the winners of the Provost's Summer Team Impact Projects competition (https://www2.gmu.edu/news/582546). The project (in collaboration with Professor Harim Kwon in the Linguistics Program, English Department), entitled "Building an Acoustic and Articulatory Corpus of French as an Additional Language,” aims to build a speech corpus of spoken French by adult learners of French using ultrasound imaging techniques. They will train and lead a team of student researchers to collect both articulatory and acoustic data and to analyze second language phonetic phenomena to better understand the speech characteristics of adult French language learners. In addition to the hands-on practical techniques, the student researchers will also receive theoretical training in linguistics. The collaborated speech data will be made available online, which will be a valuable resource for researchers in the field of phonetics and second language learning, as well as for foreign language instructors. They excitedly look forward to working with Mason student researchers and the Mason community at large this coming summer 2020.