College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Vincent Chanethom

Vincent Chanethom

Vincent Chanethom

Assistant Professor

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 is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of Puerto Rico to investigate the effects of native language and the role of input source variability in the acquisition of a second language in formal environments including foreign language classrooms.

Selected Publications

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

(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.

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

Grants and Fellowships

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.


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

(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.