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Vatho Chem M.A.

Institut für Linguistik - Phonetik
Herbert-Lewin-Str. 6
D-50931 Köln

E-Mail: chemvatho@gmail.com


In preparation

  • In preparation. Vatho, Chem. "The Illustration of IPA: Khmer (Phnom Penh Dialect)," to be submitted to the Journal of the International Phonetics Association.




  • Vatho, Chem (2015). The Khmer Vowel System. Department of Linguistics, Royal University of Phnom Penh. (In Khmer)
  • Vatho, Chem. (2015). "A New Khmer pronouncing dictionary," abstract of presentation at the International Conference of Austroasiatic Languages 6th (ICAAL 6th), available at: https://sites.google.com/site/icaalprojects/icaal-meetings/icaal-6-2015#h.p_oZqT8BlDMZPb


  • The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 32) Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 16th – 18th May 2023. (Funded by KAAD, Germany)
  • The 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 31), The University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, 18th – 20th May 2022. (Funded by the National Science Foundation, USA)
  • International Conference on Austroasiatic Languages, Chaing Mai, Thailand, August 2019
  • International Congress of Phonetic Sciences ICPhS 2019, Australia, August 2019
  • National Conference on Khmer Transcription and Transliteration, 2019
  • National Conference on Khmer Language Diversity, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2017
  • International Conference on Geo-Linguistics of Asian the 3rd at Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2016
  • National Conference of Khmer Language, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2016
  • International Conference of Austroasiatic Languages the 6th, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, 2015

Research interests

  • Dialectology and Linguistic atlas of Cambodia
  • Principles of word borrowing and phonology in Khmer
  • Phonetics and Phonology of Khmer language
  • Acoustic phonetics (structure and variation of Khmer vowel system)
  • Phonetics and machine learning tools: Segmentation tool for Khmer language, grapheme-to-phoneme(g2p) tool: Phonetisaurus and Forced Aligner tools: Prosody Lab and Montreal Forced aligner.
  • Khmer acoustic model (evaluating and application)
  • Corpus studies (collective approaches of the low-resource language, Khmer (theory and practice)
  • Phonetic reductions in Central Khmer (theory and application)
  • Prosodic systems and intonations of Khmer (prior study and application)

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