Founded in 1994, the Dynamique Du Langage (DDL) research unit explores the interface between the diversity of the world’s languages and the universality of human linguistic capacity. Our research lies at the heart of major challenges of our times: from understanding language development in children and in language pathologies to issues of language documentation and vitality and the investigation of the origins of language. The research unit is structured around two research axes (DENDY and DILIS) and a transversal theme (COVALI).

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Death of Gilbert Puech


© Marcos Quinones Chères et chers collègues,

Gilbert Puech est décédé vendredi 15 mars, après une longue lutte contre la maladie.
Pour les membres de DDL les plus récents, il était peut-être un homme discret parfois croisé dans les couloirs. Pour les plus anciens, il aura été un professeur, un collègue, un ami.
Gilbert a souhaité partir dans l'intimité et en toute discrétion - le temps des hommages au phonologue et à l'inlassable serviteur de l'Université qu'il a été viendra donc plus tard.

J'évoquerai simplement ici l'enthousiasme avec lequel il pouvait discuter de manière débridée de phonologie la plus théorique ou de technologie informatique la plus appliquée. Je souhaite également évoquer son rôle essentiel dans l'équipe qui a donné naissance à DDL, alors que le laboratoire s'appelait encore Laboratoire de Phonétique et Linguistique Africaine, et plus tard, comme Vice-président Recherche puis Président de l'Université Lumière Lyon 2.
Adieu Gilbert.

François.


Interviews with our research fellows at Collegium de Lyon


Listen to the interviews (in French) in the form of podcasts with Luca Cucci et Michael Daniel, fellows at Collegium de Lyon in 2023-24 and affiliated with DDL here:
  • Luca Ciucci embarks on the search for ancient Zamuco between Bolivia and Paraguay.
  • Michael Daniel takes us on a study of linguistic typology in the surprising diversity of the languages of Dagestan.

Special Issue of Linguistics on Alienability


Françoise Rose and An Van Linden are delighted to announce the release of a special issue of the Linguistics journal that deeply explores the notion of alienability. This volume stems from the Morphosyntax Workshop organized around this theme in 2020, during An's residency at the Collegium de Lyon, supported by DDL through ASLAN funds. Bringing together diverse contributions, the volume presents articles available online and on open access.

Among the contributors are prominent members of DDL such as Denis Creissels, Brigitte Pakendorf, Françoise Rose, as well as special guests such as Isabelle Bril, Sonia Cristofaro, and former members of DDL like Jorge Rosés Labrada, Natalia Aralova, and Natalia Chousou-Polydouri. This diversity of authors offers a rich and varied perspective on the topic of alienability.


2023 CNRS BRONZE MEDAL


Congratulations to Katarzyna Pisanski, winner of the 2023 CNRS Bronze Medal! "The bronze medal rewards initial research that has established a researcher as a specialist in their field. This distinction is a form of encouragement to pursue research that is already well underway and proving successful."

Find a synthesis of her work to read online or watch her presentation video.

The medal award ceremony took place on December 19, 2023. Relive this ceremony online on YouTube."

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