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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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Standardizing Minority Languages. nouveau
Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery

Pia LANE, James COSTA & Haley DE KORNE (eds)

This volume addresses a crucial, yet largely unaddressed dimension of minority language standardization, namely how social actors engage with, support, negotiate, resist and even reject such processes. The focus is on social actors rather than […]etcSee more


Tone in Yongning Na: lexical tones and morphotonology nouveau
by Alexis Michaud

Yongning Na, also known as Mosuo, is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Southwest China. This book provides a description and analysis of its tone system, progressing from lexical tones towards morphotonology. Tonal changes permeate numerous aspects of the morphosyntax of Yongning Na. […]etcSee more


Les ruses de la parole - Dire et sous-entendre. Parler, chanter, écrire nouveau
Micheline Lebarbier (ed.)

L'ouvrage examine les différentes formes d'expression qui existent pour formuler le non-dit et l'indicible, le tabou et l'interdit, dans des cultures aussi différentes que celles du Mali, du Cameroun, du Niger, de la France, du Mexique, de Trinidad, de la Colombie, ainsi que chez un auteur comme Maupassant. […]etcSummary in French


Études de linguistique ouest-saharienne, vol. 2. Onomastique, poésie et traditions orales nouveau
by Catherine Taine-Cheikh

Ce deuxième volume d'une série de quatre porte le sous-titre Onomastique, poésie et traditions orales. Il réunit quinze textes parus entre 1985 et 2008 et, pour l'essentiel, entre 1994 et 2006. Le premier texte, qui est aussi le plus récent, peut constituer une introduction aux questions littérairesI […]etcSee more in French


Revitalising Language in Provence: A Critical Approach nouveau
by James COSTA

Revitalising Language in Provence: A Critical Approach questions the concept of language revitalization and challenges the field’s main tenets through a detailed analysis Southern France’s Provençal movement, one of Europe’s longest standing language revitalisation projects. […]etcSee more


Cahiers de littérature orale 79, «Des vies extraordinaires : les territoires du récit»
A. Clerc-Renaud & Cécile Leguy (coord. by)

Si les récits « biographiques » de vies extraordinaires partagent avec les récits légendaires une part de merveilleux, ils s'en distinguent cependant par bien des aspects, et tout d'abord du fait de l'action efficace déployée par le personnage central du récit. Héroïnes et héros, saintes et saints […]etcSummary in French


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jmctDu terrain au cognitif – Linguistique, ethnolinguistique, ethnosciences –
À Jacqueline M.C. Thomas
[From fieldwork to cognition – Linguistics, ethnolinguistics, ethnosciences –
For Jacqueline M.C. Thomas
(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 TACOL
"Terrains, analyse
et comparaison des langues

On Thursday 11 January 2018 (14.30),
talk by Annie Rialland​ (LPP/Paris 3) on "Intonation dans les langues africaines : Développements actuels"
(Villejuif, Conferences room, 1st floor)
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expositions40 photos for Lacito's 40th birthday
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expositions10 exhibits recommended by the Lacito which retrace...
...30 years of fieldwork devoted to the study of languages and the peoples who speak them. aa See more

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