Vincent Chanethom

Vincent Chanethom

Vincent Chanethom

Assistant Professor

French: French linguistics, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, articulatory and acoustic phonetics, experimental phonology.

Vincent Chanethom (/ˈʧænəθm̩/ in English; or /ʃanətɔm/ in French; or /ʨantʰom/ in Lao) received his Ph.D. in linguistics from New York University, where he carried out research in bilingual acquisition and language interaction in the speech production of French-English bilingual children, which was supported by a dissertation improvement grant from the National Science Foundation. Before New York University, he received a Maîtrise in English language and literature (LCE Anglais) from L'Université de Savoie (Chambéry, France), not far from his hometown of Annecy, France, and later completed a Master's degree in Linguistics from Syracuse University (NY) with a specialization in language acquisition. Prior to joining George Mason University, Vincent Chanethom taught and coordinated French language courses as Head of Course in the French and Italian department at Princeton University, where he also developed pedagogical resources for the explicit learning of French pronunciation based on cross-linguistic differences with respect to articulatory, acoustic, and aerodynamic characteristics of speech sounds.

Current Research

Vincent Chanethom's research interests focus on bilingual development and second language acquisition. An essential goal of his research is to investigate how bilingualism develops in both child and adult speakers by examining the acoustic and articulatory properties of their speech production and perception. Another objective is to examine the implications and potential applications of such studies for teaching methodology, notably the development of pedagogical approaches for pronunciation instruction in second and foreign language courses.

He is currently collaborating with Harim Kwon from the Linguistics Program at George Mason University (English Department) to investigate the role of language input in the acquisition of a target language and to develop a speech corpus for phonetics research.

In another collaborative project with the University of Puerto Rico, he compares the phonetic and phonological acquisition of French by English- and Spanish-speaking foreign langage learners.

Selected Publications

Chanethom, V. (2020). Students' attitudes towards critical telecollaboration: A case study. In P. Mather (eds.), Technology-Enhanced Learning and Linguistic Diversity: Strategies and Approaches to Teaching Students in a 2nd or 3rd Language (pp. 106-128). Emerald Publishing: UK.

Chanethom, V. & Mather, P.A. (2019) Perception and Production of French nasal vowel contrasts by English- and Spanish-speaking L2 learners. Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching 10(2), 207-228. 

Chanethom, V. (2011) Dynamic differences in the production of diphthongs by French-English bilingual children. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 130(4), 2522.

Chanethom, V. (2011) Dynamic differences in child bilinguals' production of diphthongs. In A. Botinis (ed.) Proceedings of the 4th International Speech Communication Association Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (pp. 55-58). Athens, Greece: ISCA and the University of Athens.

Chanethom, V. (2010) Influence of American English on second generation Lao immigrant speakers. English Today 26(3), 20-26.

Grants and Fellowships

Summer Team Impact Project Grant, George Mason University (with Harim Kwon), 2020, 2021.
Faculty Research and Development Awards (FRDA), George Mason University (with Harim Kwon), 2020.
Travel grant, Princeton Center for Language Study, Princeton University, 2016.
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2011-2013.
Max Talmey Award, New York University, 2011.
GSAS Dean’s Student Travel Grant, New York University, 2011.
MacCracken Graduate Fellowship, New York University, 2006-2011.
Master’s Prize, The Graduate School, Syracuse University, 2006.
Graduate Research and Travel Grant, Syracuse University, 2006.

Courses Taught

FREN 201 Intermediate French
FREN 310 Oral proficiency in French
FREN 357 Introduction to translation
FREN 385 Introduction to French linguistics
FREN 465/565 Special topics: Second language acquisition
FREN 465/565 Special topics: Growing up bilingual
FREN 465/565 Special topics: French phonetics and phonology
LING 523 English phonetics



PhD in Linguistics, New York University, 2015.
MA in Linguistics, Syracuse University, 2006.
Maîtrise LCE Anglais, Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France, 2003.
License LCE Anglais, Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France, 2002.

Recent Presentations

(2020) Building an acoustic and articulatory corpus of French as an additional language (with Harim Kwon, Sydney Allworth, Hannah Brennan, Kaelynn Kenny, Jacqueline Le). Guest lecture at the Honors College Colloquium, George Mason University, September 1. 

(2020) Phonétique française: théories et pratiques pour l'enseignement explicite de la prononciation. Guest lecture in pedagogical workshop, Department of French and Italian, August 18. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

(2019) Acoustic distance implementation between French nasal vowels in L2 speech. Presentation at the Journée Floral-(I)PFC 2109: les français dans le monde, Paris, France, December 4-6. 

(2019) La relation entre production et perception: implications pour l’enseignement de la prononciation en classe de langue seconde. Keynote speaker for the Colloque International sur l’Enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère, Universidad de Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras), San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 28 - March 2.

(2019) Investigating French-English bilingual children’s production of tautosyllabic vowel-glide sequences using Smoothing Spline ANOVA. Workshop presentation, The Linguistics Brownbag, Department of English, April 2. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

(2019) Vers une approche explicite de l’enseignement de la prononciation en classe de français langue étrangère. Guest lecture in graduate course Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Department of French and Italian, March 29. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

(2019) Distinction entre les voyelles nasales françaises par des apprenants adultes: une étude corrélative entre perception et production. Workshop presentation, The French Program, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, February 18. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

(2018) Contrasting tautosyllabic vowel-glide sequences by preschool and school-aged French-English bilingual children. Paper presented at The Annual Meeting of the Association for French Language Studies. Toulouse, France, June 27-29.

(2018) Phonétique articulatoire et corrective: enseignement explicite de la prononciation des sons du français. Guest lecture in graduate course Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Department of French and Italian, March 30. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

(2017) Acquisition de contrastes phonétiques par des apprenants hispanophones : production et perception. Paper presented with Patrick-André Mather (University of Puerto Rico) at the 6th International Conference on Second Language Pedagogies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, April 27-28. 

(2017) Counterbalancing pronunciation instruction with course content in foreign language classes. Guest speaker at Department of French and Italian, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, March 17.

(2017) Pour une approche explicite de la prononciation en classe de langue seconde: le cas des sons du français. Workshop presentation at Department of French and Italian, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, March 17.

(2017) Improving pronunciation instruction by focusing on awareness raising activities and integrating phonetics in larger course objectives. Paper presented at Italian as Communication and Literacy: Bridging Languages and Cultures in the Modern Classroom. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, January 13. 

(2016 ) Visual representation of speech production for the teaching of pronunciation in second language classes. Poster presented at Language Education for Global Citizenship, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 22-23.

(2016) Effets de l’enseignement bilingue sur l’acquisition de la phonétique chez les enfants d’expatriés. Paper presented at the 4e Colloque International sur l’Enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère, Universidad de Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras), San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 25.

(2016) Pédagogie de la prononciation des sons du français à travers l’enseignement explicite de la phonétique articulatoire. Guest lecturer in graduate course Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, March 11. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

In the Media

Summer Team Impact Project 2020, in collaboration with Dr. Harim Kwon (Linguistics Program, English Department)