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Alexis Michaud is a French linguist specialising in the study of Southeast Asian languages, especially Naic languages[1] and Vietnamese. He is also known for his work on the typology of tonal languages and as a foremost proponent of Panchronic phonology. He is one of the main editors of the Pangloss Collection. He works at the LACITO research centre within Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Alexis Michaud
Portrait d'Alexis Michaud, chercheur au CNRS.jpg
Alexis Michaud
Known forstudy of Naxi, Na and Vietnamese
Scientific career
FieldsLinguistics, Phonology
InstitutionsLACITO, CNRS

He is member of the editorial board of journals such as Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area and associate editor of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association.

A documentary film entitled Sound hunter was made about his fieldwork in Yunnan, China.

Representative publicationsEdit

  • Michaud, Alexis (2004). "Final consonants and glottalization: new perspectives from Hanoi Vietnamese". Phonetica. 61 (2–3): 119–146. doi:10.1159/000082560. PMID 15662108.
  • Michailovsky, Boyd; Michaud, Alexis (2006). "Syllabic inventory of a Western Naxi dialect, and correspondence with Joseph F. Rock's transcriptions". Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale. 35 (1): 3–21. doi:10.3406/clao.2006.1745.
  • Michaud, Alexis (2006). "Three extreme cases of neutralisation: nasality, retroflexion and lip-rounding in Naxi". Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale. 35 (1): 23–55. doi:10.3406/clao.2006.1746.
  • Michaud, Alexis. 2006. “Replicating in Naxi (Tibeto-Burman) an experiment designed for Yorùbá: An approach to ‘prominence-sensitive prosody’ vs. ‘calculated prosody’”, Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2006, Dresden. Available online.
  • Mazaudon, Martine; Michaud, Alexis (2008). "Tonal contrasts and initial consonants: a case study of Tamang, a 'missing link' in tonogenesis". Phonetica. 65 (3): 231–256.
  • Michaud, Alexis; He, Xueguang (2009). "Reassociated tones and coalescent syllables in Naxi (Tibeto-Burman)". Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 37 (3): 237–255. doi:10.1017/s002510030700309x.
  • Michaud, Alexis (2011). "The tones of numerals and numeral-plus-classifier phrases: on structural similarities between Naxi, Na and Laze". Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 34 (1): 1–26.
  • Jacques, Guillaume; Michaud, Alexis (2011). "Approaching the historical phonology of three highly eroded Sino-Tibetan languages: Naxi, Na and Laze". Diachronica. 28 (4): 468–498. doi:10.1075/dia.28.4.02jac.
  • Michaud, Alexis; Jacques, Guillaume; Rankin, Robert (2012). "Historical transfer of nasality between consonantal onset and vowel: from C to V or from V to C?". Diachronica. 29 (2): 201–230. doi:10.1075/dia.29.2.04mic.
  • Michaud, Alexis (2012), "Monosyllabicization: Patterns of Evolution in Asian Languages", in Nicole Nau; Thomas Stolz; Cornelia Stroh, Monosyllables: From Phonology to Typology, Berlin: Akademie Verlag, pp. 115–130.
  • Michaud, Alexis (2015) Online Na-English-Chinese Dictionary, version 1.0 [1]
  • Alexis Michaud 2017. Tone in Yongning Na: Lexical tones and morphotonology, Berlin: Language Science Press. [2]


  1. ^ Bureau du CNRS en Chine (2016). "A l'écoute des Naxi, sur les traces de Joseph Rock, Ge A-Gan et de l'enfant crapaud" (PDF). Le CNRS en Chine. 21: 26–28. Retrieved 20 March 2016.

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