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jeu. 19/09/2019 Réunion Interne
Soirée jeux de société : la première de l'année 2019-2020 !
MSH, cafétéria (RdC)

mar. 24/09/2019 atelier Histoire et Ecologie des Langues: Erich Round (University of Queensland) "The Phonologies of Australia: Sounds of an exceptional continent"
MSH-Andre Frossard

The 400 languages and 25 language families of Australia are famed for their highly uniform phonologies. How this degree of uniformity is even possible is one of the great unsolved mysteries of human cultural diversification. In this talk I introduce the key properties of Australian phonologies and concentrate on three particularly interesting matters: [1] the unusual way in which place of articulation operates in the phonologies of the continent, [2] recurrent processes of sound change which, ironically, act to keep phonemic inventories in a stable state, and [3] a recent proposal by Butcher (2019), that the cause of all of this is ultimately epidemiological: Australian phonologies have adapted to a population that suffers widespread hearing loss due to inner ear infections in infancy.

jeu. 26/09/2019 Towards a dynamical approach to spoken language development
MSH, salle Elise Rivet
Conférence de :
  • Aude Noiray (Université Potsdam, Allemagne)
dans le cadre DENDY

Spoken communication is a biological behavior emerging very early in development and effortlessly in most children. It is shaped by multi-faceted developments in the speech motor, perception, lexical and phonological domains, which develop in a seemingly parallel fashion. While most of those competences have been well studied in the last decades, developmental interactions between domains have typically been conducted in separate strands. Yet, findings suggest they interact dynamically over time. In this presentation, I will first discuss research conducted with colleagues addressing the development of coarticulation in young children and show that while the maturation of the speech motor system is certainly crucial to spoken language fluency, the concurrent development of other skills must be considered to explain children’s individual trajectories. I will then present recent research illuminating non-monotonic interactions between the motor, lexical and phonological domains from the preschool age to the beginning of primary school. Last, I will introduce preliminary results suggesting an early interaction between infants’ attention to linguistically relevant orofacial information and their vocal repertoire. Altogether, the findings motivate an integrated approach of spoken language development in which various skills are envisioned as interacting dynamically over time and are fundamental to the growth of each of them.


jeu. 03/10/2019 DTT - Atelier LED-TDR
Katherine Bolaños
Documentation of endangered languages in Colombia. The experience with Tinigua (isolate), and Cabiyarí (Arawak)
ISH - salle Berty Albrecht

In this talk we aim to present advances in the documentation of Tinigua and Cabiyarí. Two amazonian languages spoken in Colombia. We have undertaken the documentation of both these languages from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining the documentation and reconstruction of the historical memory of the ethnic groups and a functional linguistic description.

Tinigua is a language isolate spoken today by one last known speaker. The ethnic group once inhabited the plains of the Yarí, an area in the fringe of the Andean-amazonian region. Through the documentation of Tinigua, we have found sequels of a past history of contact between Tinigua and other amazonian and pre-andean groups which have left traces in the structure of the language, as well as in the cultural practices that Sixto Muñoz, the last speaker of the language, can still reconstruct.

The project on the documentation of Cabiyarí has just recently began. In this talk we will present our advances on the ethnographic and linguistic documentation of this Arawakan language, spoken today by about 35 people, inhabitants of the Apaporis area, in the Vaupés region of Northwest Amazonia. Eastern Colombia.


ven. 04/10/2019 Réunion Interne
Axe DTT - réunion de rentrée
ISH - salle Ennat Léger


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