August 19, 2014

Vietnamese consonants, vowels, and tones across dialects

The first major task of Ben Pham's PhD is to describe the consonants, semivowels, vowels, and tones for each of the seven dialects of Vietnamese. This is not an easy task. She is reading Vietnamese and English phonetics and phonology literature. Much of the literature describes the orthography of Vietnamese, and only some of it links the orthography to phonetic transcription. This week it has been good to have Ben's supervisory team all together. A/Prof Jane McCormack is visiting from Albury and we have enjoyed discussing Ben's PhD plans.
A/Prof Jane McCormack and Ben Pham discussing
Vietnamese phonetics and phonology literature