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My research is focused on the documentation and description of the endangered languages of the small Takanan family of the Amazonian lowlands of Northern Bolivia, in particular Cavineña, Reyesano (Maropa) and Tacana. My goal is to provide general descriptions of these languages as well as detailed studies of some of their remarkable morphosyntactic properties, such as, e.g., their intricate argument marking patterns and their elaborate systems of associated motion.



Professional career

  • 2016-present : Directeur de Recherche (Senior Research Associate) at CNRS (DR2), Laboratory DDL (UMR 5596)
  • 2007-2016 : Chargé de Recherche (Junior Research Associate) at CNRS (CR2 then CR1), Laboratory DDL
  • 2006-2007 : Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (ATER), Département des Sciences du Langage, University Lumière Lyon 2
  • 2004-2006 : Postdoctoral fellow, Laboratory DDL, project "Documentation of Reyesano" funded by an "Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship" from ELDP (SOAS, London)

University degrees

  • 2013: Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches. University Lyon 2. Thesis: "Les langues takana d’Amazonie bolivienne" (Takanan languages), under the direction of Colette Grinevald
  • 2004: Doctorate (Ph.D). La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (RCLT). Thesis: "A Grammar of Cavineña", under the direction of Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
  • 2000: Diplôme d'études approfondies (D.E.A.) de Sciences du Langage. University Lyon 2. Thesis: "Le cavineña : Éléments de Morphosyntaxe" (Cavineña: morphosyntactic topics), under the direction of Colette Grinevald
  • 1999: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics. University of Oregon (Eugene, USA)




Amazonian languages of Bolivia (map IRD, map Ethnologue)

  • Takanan linguistic family
  • Languages: Cavineña, Reyesano (Maropa) and Tacana


Description and documentation

  • phonetic and phonological studies, reference grammars, dictionaries, text collection
  • functional-typological approach (Comrie, Creissels, DeLancey, Givón, Lazard, Mithun, etc.), Basic Linguistic Theory (R.M.W. Dixon)
  • data collection in the field: recording, transcription and translation of narratives and conversations, controlled elicitation, participant observation
  • data archiving (ELAR at SOAS, AILLA at U. Texas à Austin)



  • argument-encoding systems, alignment (ergative, split, hierarchical/inverse, etc.), ditransitivity (double-object constructions)
  • voice / valency-changing constructions (sociative causative, passive)
  • motion event ("associated motion")


Historical-comparative and areal linguistics (language contact)

  • historical-comparative study of Takanan languages, in particular in the domain of morpho-syntax




Organization of conferences, workshops, summer schools, etc.:


Jury member of Habilitation à Diriger des Rercherches (HDR) thesis:

  • François, Alexandre. 2014. Structures et dynamiques des systèmes linguistiques. Documentation, description, comparaison des langues océaniennes. Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, 26 June


Jury member of Ph.D. / doctoral theses:

  • Rosés Labrada, Jorge Emilio. 2015. The Mako language: vitality, grammar and classification. The University of Western Ontario & Université Lumière Lyon 2, 15 April
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2013. Inflectional Morphology in the Zamucoan Languages. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, 26 April
  • Vuillermet, Marine. 2012. A grammar of Ese Ejja, a Takanan language of the Bolivian Amazon. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 14 September
  • Kondić, Snježana. 2012. A Grammar of South Eastern Huastec, a Mayan Language from Mexico. University of Sydney & Université Lumière Lyon 2, 11 June
  • Cáceres, Natalia. 2011. Grammaire fonctionnelle-typologique du ye'kwana. Langue caribe du Venezuela. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 12 December
  • Emkow, Carola. 2006. A grammar of Araona, an Amazonian language of Northwestern Bolivia. Université La Trobe (Australia)




2015-present: Coordinator of research team "Description, Typology, Fieldwork" (Description, Typologie, Terrain - DTT) of the laboratoire DDL


2011-present: Member of the steering committee of the Laboratory of Excellence ‘Advanced Studies on Language Complexity’ (LabEx ASLAN)", laboratoires DDL & ICAR (coord. F. Pellegrino)


2009-2015: Coordinator of research team "Description, Typology, Variation (DTV)" (Description, Typologie, Variation - DTV) of the laboratoire DDL




Fieldwork on Tacana, village of Tumupasa (department of La Paz, Amazonian Bolivia): 5 trips between 2003 and 2013 totalizing 4 months in the field


Fieldwork on Reyesano (Maropa), village of Reyes and traditional community of Ratije (department of Beni, Amazonian Bolivia): 4 trips between 2003 and 2008 totalizing 8 months 1/2 in the field


Fieldwork on Cavineña, town of Riberalta and traditional communities of Galilea and Misión Cavinas (departments of Beni and Pando, Amazonian Bolivia): 6 trips between 1996 and 2003 totalizing 15 months in the field




2009: Bronze Medal of the CNRS




2011-2013: "Développement d’outils informatiques pour la revitalisation des langues en danger du sud-ouest colombien", project funded by ECOS-Nord and coordinated by Laurent Besacier (LIG, CNRS & Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble)


2006-2009: "Ergativité : typologie, diachronie et cognition", program funded by the Fédération de Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques and coordinated by F. Queixalós (CELIA)


2006-2008: "Trajectoire", program funded by the Fédération de Recherche Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques and coordinated by J.-M. Fortis, C. Grinevald, A. Kopecka & A. Vittrant




Doctoral / Ph.D. theses:

  • 2015-present: Denis Bertet, Description de la langue tikuna, un isolat d’Amazonie (Brésil, Colombie, Pérou), Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • 2014-present: Geny Gonzales Castaño, Une grammaire de la langue nam trik, langue amérindienne parlée dans les Andes colombiennes, Université Lumière Lyon 2, co-supervision with T. Rojas (U. del Cauca, Colombia)
  • 2014-present: Esteban Diaz Montenegro, Une grammaire typologique du nasa yuwe (páez), isolat parlé dans les Andes du Sud-Ouest de la Colombie, Université Lumière Lyon 2, co-supervision with T. Rojas (U. del Cauca, Colombia)
  • 2011-present: Adam J. Tallman, A grammar of Chácobo, a southern Panoan language of the northern Bolivian Amazon, University of Texas at Austin, off-site co-supervision with P. Epps (official supervisor, U. of Texas)
  • 2004-2012: Marine Vuillermet, Grammar of Ese Ejja, a Bolivian language of the Amazon, Université Lumière Lyon 2, co-supervision with C. Grinevald (official supervisor)




Guillaume, A., 2008, "A grammar of Cavineña", Mouton Grammar Library 44, Berlin & New York, Mouton de Gruyter, 900 p. (editeur, version EEG online )

PhDs and master thesis

Guillaume, A., 2013, "Les langues takana d’Amazonie bolivienne : documentation, description, typologie, morphosyntaxe historique et aréale ", Thèse d'Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, Département des Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2


Guillaume, A., 2004, "A Grammar of Cavineña, an Amazonian Language of Northern Bolivia", Thèse de Doctorat (Ph.D.), Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australie)


Guillaume, A., 2000, "Le Cavineña : Éléments de Morpho-syntaxe", Mémoire de DEA, Département des Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2

Edited books

Guillaume, A. & Valenzuela, P. (eds), 2017, "Estudios sincrónicos y diacrónicos sobre lenguas Pano y Takana: fonología, morfología y sintaxis", vol. 39:1 & vol. 39:2, Paris, Amerindia, 506 p.


Guillaume, A. & Rose, F. (eds), 2011, "Argument-encoding systems in Bolivian Amazonian languages", International Journal of Amercian Linguistics, 77:4, 162 p. (journal issue)

Chapters in books

Guillaume, A., to appear (2018), "From ergative case-marking to hierarchical agreement: a tentative reconstruction of the argument-marking system of Reyesano (Takanan, Bolivia)", in Typological hierarchies in synchrony and diachrony, Cristofaro, S. & Zúñiga, F. (eds), Typological Studies in Language 121, Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing Company


Guillaume, A., 2014, "The Interaction of Reduplication with Word Classes and Transitivity in Cavineña", in Reduplication in Indigenous Languages of South America, Goodwin Gómez, G. & van der Voort, H. (eds), Studies in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas 7, Leiden, Brill, pp. 313-342


Guillaume, A., 2013, "Algunas reflexiones sobre las construcciones de verbos seriales ‘contiguas e incorporantes’ y el sistema de movimiento asociado en cavineña", in Expresión de nociones espaciales en lenguas amazónicas, Ospina Bozzi, A. (ed), Bogota, Instituto Caro y Cuervo & Universidad Nacional de Colombia, pp. 17-37


Guillaume, A., 2013, "Reconstructing the category of 'associated motion' in Tacanan languages (Amazonian Bolivia and Peru)", in Historical Linguistics 2011. Selected papers from the 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, 25-30 July 2011, Kikusawa, R. & Reid, L. (eds), Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 326, Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 129-151


Guillaume, A., 2012, "Cavineña", in Lenguas de Bolivia (4 vols.), Volume II, Amazonía, Crevels, M. & Muysken, P. (eds), La Paz, Plural editores, pp. 115-154


Guillaume, A., to appear (2018), "The grammatical expression of emotions in Tacana and other Takanan languages", Studies in Language (Special issue on 'Morphology and emotions across the world’s languages', edited by M. Ponsonnet & M. Vuillermet), .


Guillaume, A., 2017, "Sistemas complejos de movimiento asociado en las lenguas Takana y Pano: perspectivas descriptiva, tipológica e histórico-comparativa", Amerindia (Numéro thématique: Estudios sincrónicos y diacrónicos sobre lenguas Pano y Takana: fonología, morfología y sintaxis, edited by A. Guillaume & P. M. Valenzuela), 39:1, pp. 211-261


Valenzuela, P. & Guillaume, A., 2017, "Estudios sincrónicos y diacrónicos sobre lenguas Pano y Takana: una introducción", Amerindia, 39:1, pp. 1-49


Guillaume, A., 2016, "Associated motion in South America: typological and areal perspectives", Linguistic Typology, 20:1, pp. 81–177


Guillaume, A. & Rose, F., 2011, "Introduction to argument-encoding systems in Bolivian Amazonian languages", International Journal of American Linguistics (Special issue on 'Argument-encoding systems in Bolivian Amazonian languages', edited by A. Guillaume & F. Rose), 77:4, pp. 459-468 (journal issue)  (pdf)

Conferences with proceedings

Guillaume, A., 2000, "Directionals versus associated motions in Cavineña", proc. of LACUS Forum XXVI: The lexicon, Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), August, 3-7, Melby, A. & Lommel, A. (eds), pp. 395-401  (pdf)

Invited and keynote conferences

Guillaume, A., 2010, "Los morfemas verbales de movimiento asociado en cavineña: ¿Verbos compuestos, verbos seriales, u otros?", proc. of Simposium: Expresión de nociones espaciales. Coloquio Internacional Amazonicas III: Fonología y sintaxis, Bogota, Colombia, April, 19-24


Guillaume, A., 2009, "Cavineña 'associated motion' suffixes: their meanings and discourse function", proc. of Transalpine Typology Meeting, Bern, Switzerland, January, 22-24

Invited presentations

Guillaume, A., 2016, "Split ergative marking in Tacana: towards a historical reconstruction of a counter-universal pattern", Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Pisa, 19 February


Guillaume, A., 2014, "Grammatical relations and language obsolescence: deobligatorification of ergative case marking in Tacana (Tacanan, Bolivia)", Séminaire du laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Laboratoire DDL, Lyon, 7 octobre


Guillaume, A., 2013, "Linguistique de terrain sur langues en danger d'Amazonie", La Clé des Langues, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, 3 novembre


Guillaume, A., 2012, "Estudio comparativo de los sistemas de movimiento asociado en las lenguas Takana y Pano ", Facultad de Letras y Ciencas Humanas Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Lima, Peru, April 24


Guillaume, A., 2010, "Amazonian Languages (12h course)", Third 3L International Summer School on Language Documentation and Description, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), Leiden, Pays-Bas, July 5-17

Conference presentations

Guillaume, A., 2017, "A preliminary investigation of directive moods in Tacana (Takanan family, Amazonian Bolivia)", Atelier Morphosyntaxe “Imperatives and commands”, Laboratoire DDL, Lyon, 7 April


Guillaume, A., 2017, "A preliminary investigation of the possible effects of obsolescence on the grammatical structure of Reyesano (Takanan family, Amazonian Bolivia)", Workshop: “Obsolescing grammars: the effects of language ecology on language structure”, Laboratoire DDL, Lyon, 16 May


Guillaume, A., 2017, "Associated motion & associated posture in Tacana", Workshop « Espace & événements : mouvement et posture associés » (EEMPA), Paris Chicago Center, Paris, 19-20 June


Guillaume, A., 2017, "Towards a reconstruction of negation patterns in simplex and complex (coverb) constructions in Tacana (Amazonian Bolivia)", Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE50), University of Zurich, Switzerland, September 10-13


Guillaume, A., 2017, "Associated motion: Australia, South America and beyond", Workshop on "Associated Motion", held in conjunction with the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT), Camberra, Australia, 15 December


Guillaume, A., 2006, "Documentation de deux langues Amazoniennes de Bolivie : le cavineña et le reyesano", entretien filmé (2h23) conduit par E. de Pablo (FMSH-ESCoM), en ligne sur le site des Archives Audiovisuelles de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines et Sociales

Movie or radio

Guillaume, A., Manus, S. & Van der Veen, L., 2007, "Les Langues en Danger", une émission télévisée Cap Sup, Cap Canal, présentée par Claude Costechareyre, réalisée par Vivian Gateau et produite par Philippe Meirieu", France, Cap Canal, Ville de Lyon, 1h,

Online Database

Guillaume, A., 2005, "Documentation of Reyesano", 24/06/2006

Unpublished paper

Guillaume, A. & Van der Veen, L., 2008, "Rapport d’activité pour l’Université d’été internationale 3L sur la documentation et la description des langues tenue à Lyon, du 24 juin au 3 juillet 2008", DDL, pp. 6


Guillaume, A., 2008, "Diccionario reyesano (maropa)-castellano, con apuntes gramaticales", Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (CNRS & Université Lyon 2), pp. 92


Guillaume, A., 1996, "Propuesta de alfabeto y ficha técnica del pueblo Cavineño", Subsecretaría de Asuntos Étnicos. La Paz: Central Indígena Del Oriente Boliviano y UNICEF., pp. 17


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