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Structure and Dynamics of phonetic-phonological systems

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Scientific framework and objectives

This action investigates the structure and dynamics of phonetic phonological systems (hereunder P² systems) within the framework of the Complex Adaptive System paradigm.
It takes advantage from modelling of linguistic data (both synchronic and diachronic) and psycholinguistics (perceptual studies; ontogeny of phonological processing, etc.). These approaches are developed with respect to the dynamics of P² systems in a broad sense (dynamics of speech production, language acquisition, language change, etc.).


First of all, this project aims at determining whether the Complex Adaptive System paradigm is relevant for explaining the organization of P² systems or not by studying the relations existing between several levels of description of the systems. In the longer run, goals are to:

  • understand the way P² systems are structured
    • what type of constituents (features, articulatory gestures, phonemes, etc.)
    • what kind of constrains (local, global, etc.)
    • can we predict part of the properties of the P² systems ?
  • understand the processing of the P² complexity and its dynamics from the ontogenetic point of view
  • understand how P² systems evolve.

  Financial support
  • ACI Systèmes complexes en SHS


  • Al-Tamimi, J., 2004, "L'équation du locus comme mesure de la coarticulation VC et CV : Étude préliminaire en Arabe Dialectal Jordanien", proc. of 25ème Journée d’Études sur la Parole, Fez, Maroc, 19-22 Avril 2004, pp. 9-12
  • Al-Tamimi, J., Carré, R., Marsico, E., 2004, "The status of vowels in Jordanian and Moroccan Arabic: insights from production and perception", proc. of 48th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, USA, 2004, 116/4, pp. 2629
  • Al-Tamimi, J., Ferragne, E., 2005, "Does vowel space size depend on language vowel inventories? Evidence from two Arabic dialects and French.", proc. of the 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (INTERSPEECH~EUROSPEECH 2005), Lisbonne, Portugal, 04-08 September 2005, pp. 2465-2468
  • Al-Tamimi, J., 2006, "Analyse dynamique de la réduction vocalique en contexte CV à partir des pentes formantiques en arabe dialectal et en français", actes de XXVIème Journées d’études sur la Parole, Dinard, 12-16 Juin 2006, pp. 357-360
  • Al-Tamimi, J., 2006, "Indices dynamiques et perception des voyelles : Étude translinguistique en arabe dialectal et en français", présenté à l'école d'été : Voix, Parole & Langues, Cargèse, 4-9 Juin 2006
  • Barkat-Defradas, M., Al-Tamimi, J., Benkirane, T., 2003, "Phonetic variation in production and perception of speech: a comparative study of two Arabic dialects.", proc. of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Barcelone - Espagne, 3-9 september 2003
  • Pellegrino, F., Coupé, C., Marsico, E., 2007, "An Information Theory-Based Approach to the Balance of Complexity between Phonetics, Phonology and Morphosyntax", 81st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Anaheim, CA, USA, 4-7 January 2007

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