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The LACITO in a nutshell


logo« Langues et civilisations à tradition orale »
UMR 7107 of the CNRS

The Lacito is an interdisciplinary research unit whose members carry out fieldwork-based research in societies whose traditions are primarily oral.
logo-eflThe Lacito is one of the partners of the labex Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (EFL).
     and of the Fédération de Recherche Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques (TUL FR 2559)

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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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Detachments for Cohesion – Toward an Information Grammar of Oral Languagesnouveau
by M.M.Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest

This monograph is intended as a reference book on Detachment Constructions (DECs) in the Information Structuring of oral and spoken languages. Focusing on DECs in a textual perspective, the book is an innovative contribution to the knowledge of oral and spoken languages, some of them […]etcSee more in French


An Introduction to Sherdukpen languagenouveau
by François Jacquesson

Sherdukpen (or Shertukpen) is a 'small language' spoken by c. 4000 speakers in the lower Eastern Himalayas (Arunachal Pradesh, India), close to Bhutan and Tibet. The Sherdukpen people live in Rupa, Shergaon, Jigaon and about ten small villages at an altitude between 1500 and 2000 m. They have. […]etcSee more


The languages of Vanuatu: Unity and diversitynouveau
(eds) Alexandre François, Sébastien Lacrampe, Michael Franjieh, Stefan Schnell

With an estimated 138 different indigenous languages, Vanuatu is the country with the highest linguistic density in the world. While they all belong to the Oceanic family, these languages have evolved in three millennia, from what was once a unified dialect network, to the mosaic Iof different languages that […]etcSee more


Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia
Jean-Michel Charpentier(†) & Alexandre François

The vast territory of French Polynesia is home to seven distinct languages – Tahitian ,Austral, Ra'ivavae, Rapa, Mangarevan, Pa'umotu, and Marquesan – which in turn show internal variation. The fruit of ten years of joint work by two linguists of French CNRS, Jean-Michel Charpentier and Alexandre François, the Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia pays tribute to […]etcSee more


Encyclopédie des Pygmées Aka - Techniques, langage et société des chasseurs-cueilleurs
de la forêt centrafricaine (Sud-Centrafrique et Nord-Congo) - II-11 - Voyelles

J. M.C. Thomas, S. Bahuchet, A. Epelboin & S. Fürniss (eds)

This work contains the results of research on the Aka Pygmies and their natural and human environment since 1971, conducted by representatives of several disciplines […] etc See more


Compétence et performance. Perspectives interdisciplinaires sur une dichotomie classique
Sandra Bornand & Cécile Leguy (eds)

À la suite du débat qui opposa l'anthropo-linguiste Dell Hymes au linguiste Noam Chomsky au milieu des années 1960, la notion de performance a connu un important développement, d'abord dans le domaine de la littérature orale, puis dans celui de l'étude du rituel, […]etcSee more 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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brevesHDR Defence


Laurent Fontaine
will defend his HDR on
«Des systèmes institutionnels et contextuels aux paroles des Indiens yucuna et
tanimuca d'Amazonie colombienne»,
on Thuesday 1st December 2015 14.00
at Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3 University
(17 rue de la Sorbonne 75005)
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brevesSeminar "Métaphore(s)"

On Tuesday 8 December 2015 (14.30),
Talk of Samia Kichane
on "Blesser le corps. Métaphores
et pratiques de l'injure en Kabylie"
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expositions10 exhibits recommended by the Lacito which retrace...
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