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Founded in 1994, the ‘Dynamique Du Langage’ (DDL) research lab is a Mixed Research Unit of the CNRS and Université Lumière Lyon 2 (part of Université de Lyon).

The lab’s focus is the interface between language diversity and human cognitive capacity, using a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. Our research lies at the heart of major challenges of our times: from understanding language development in children and in language pathologies to issues of language documentation (especially of endangered languages) as well as the investigation of the origins of language.

Our core expertise is in linguistics and cognitive neurosciences which serve as the foundation for a large spectrum of multidisciplinary research approaches. The lab is structured around three research axes:

Description, Typology, Fieldwork (DTT),

whose major objective is the description and documentation of languages, with a specific focus on endangered or little known unwritten languages combining typological, historical and areal approaches.


Development, Neurocognition, Disorders (DENDY),

which explores language development and processing as a complex phenomenon in typical populations (monolinguals, bilinguals), atypical populations (premature children, children with dyslexia or with developmental language disorders) and populations with pathologies (Alzheimer’s disease) in a life span perspective.

History and Ecology of Language and languages (HELAN2),

which develops innovative approaches for the study of language evolution and change, in a dynamic, ecological (physical and sociocultural environment), and multidisciplinary perspective.




The approaches we use in our research are inspired by different fields of human and social sciences (anthropology, ethnology, psychology, cognitive sciences), life sciences (neurosciences, génétique des populations), as well asinformatics (modeling, databases) and complexity (network models, dynamic complex systems).

The lab is part of extensive networks at the regional, national and international level investigating a variety of globally relevant issues: language description and typology, documentation and archiving of undescribed or little known languages, interaction between language and motor skills, language development in children, language pathologies, etc.).

Additionally, the lab is a member of the ASLAN project (Advanced Studies on LAnguage Complexity), which we coordinated from 2011 to March 2018, and which involves 300 researchers, faculty members, and PhD students.

Mise à jour le 18/12/2018


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