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The LACITO in a nutshell

 

logo« Langues et Civilisations à Tradition Orale»
a research unit of French CNRS

LACITO is a research center based in Paris, a member of the national network of CNRS departments. Ever since its foundation in 1976, LACITO has been specializing in the description, documentation and analysis of under-documented languages of the world.
The members of LACITO carry out linguistic and anthropological fieldwork on all continents, and have studied more than 200 languages over the years. This interactive map will allow you to explore these languages one by one, with links to freely accessible audio archives, and much more. [The key to the map's symbols can be found here.] aa See more about LACITO 

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Diversité des langues et changement historique [Language diversity and historical change] - Langues océaniennes [Oceanic languages] - Langues tibéto-birmanes [Tibeto-Burman languages] - Linguistique historique et comparatisme austronésien [Historical linguistics and Oceanic comparative studies] - Typologie et dialogue : la structuration informationnelle des questions et des réponses - Typologie et diversité des langues [Typology and language diversity] aa See more

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Hot from the press

 
wallisien

Te lea faka'uvea / Le wallisien nouveau
by Claire Moyse-Faurie

Cette grammaire se veut un compromis entre le respect des spécificités du faka'uvea/wallisien, langue polynésienne parlée à 'Uvea/Wallis et en Nouvelle-Calédonie par environ 20000 locuteurs, et le désir de la voir enseignée aux côtés du français, langue du système éducatif. Le faka'uvea est […]etcSee more in French

deriv-bantu

Aspectuality and Temporality Descriptive and theoretical issues nouveau
Zlatka Guentchéva (ed.)

This volume brings together a collection of articles exploring tense and aspect phenomena in a variety of non-related languages: Indo-European, Hamito-Semitic, African, Asian,, Amerindian, Greenlandic and Oceania. Each article is grounded in solid empirical knowledge. It offers an in-depth study of aspectual and temporal devices as manifested in many diverse and complex ways from a cross-linguistic […]etcSee more

deriv-bantu

Revisitation de la dérivation bantoue et arbitraire du signe. nouveau
Contribution à l'étude des liens entre langage et conscience

by Luc Bouquiaux & Jacqueline M.C. Thomas

Si l'on peut préciser quelque peu le titre, il s'agit d'un réexamen complet, à nouveaux frais si l'on peut dire, de la dérivation verbale et nominale bantoue, dans le cadre de cinq langues du groupe C, très représentatif du phénomène bantu. Au lieu de se contenter de tenir compte des successions […]etcSee more in French

burmese2

Burmese. A Comprehensive Grammar nouveau
by Jenny Mathias & San San Hnin Tun

Burmese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Burmese grammar. It presents a fresh and thorough description of the language, concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Burmese. The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding […]etcSee more

atlas-polynesie

A Corpus-Driven Approach to Language Contact -
Endangered Languages in a Comparative Perspective

by Evangelia Adamou

This book proposes a corpus-driven approach to language contact based on the study of endangered languages. Drawing on variationist and language contact frameworks, it presents an analysis of spoken corpora from Europe and Mexico using a combination of criteria. The aim […]etcSee more

atlas-polynesie

"Paroles d'Afrique", n°4 de la revue CARGO
coordonated by J. Derive (Univ. of Chambery) and C. Leguy

La connaissance des mécanismes qui régissent les pratiques langagières est une condition essentielle pour une meilleure compréhension des enjeux culturels, mais aussi politiques et économiques, des situations contemporaines. L'utilisation de nouveaux médias permet des développements […]etcSee more in French

 

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Spotlight

 

jmctDu terrain au cognitif – Linguistique, ethnolinguistique, ethnosciences –
À Jacqueline M.C. Thomas
[From fieldwork to cognition – Linguistics, ethnolinguistics, ethnosciences –
For Jacqueline M.C. Thomas
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(editors) E. Motte-Florac & G. Guarisma

French presentation translated into English:
[Jacqueline M.C. Thomas, ethnolinguist and founder of the LACITO, has untiringly worked to establish the importance of not separating a language from the community speaking it. "Linguistic studies are meaningless unless they are based on very sound knowledge of the culture in which the languages are spoken". She further insists that "to study a society means to perfectly master the language(s) it speaks".
Based on examples garnered from across the globe, this Festschrift testifies to the multiplicity of ways in which the complexities of language and discourse can be broached […] ]
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brevesSeminar "Métaphore(s)"
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On Tuesday 10 May 2016 (14.30),
Talk ofSophie Chave-Dartoen
on "Les usages de la métaphore
dans l'analyse des rituels" (room 311)
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expositions10 exhibits recommended by the Lacito which retrace...
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...30 years of fieldwork devoted to the study of languages and the peoples who speak them. aa See more

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