Auteur/autrice : Tahar MEDDOUR

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Numéro spécial de Linguistic Typology at the Crossroads : Ideophones: honing in on a descriptive and typological concept

Un numéro spécial de Linguistic Typology at the Crossroads, intitulé Ideophones: honing in on a descriptive and typological concept, vient de paraitre. Il a été co-édité par Yvonne Treis (avec Aimée Lahaussois et Julie Marsault) et contient, entre autres, des contributions de Ronny Meyer sur l’amharique, Nicolas Quint & Noël Bernard Biagui sur les créoles à base lexicale portugaise de l’Afrique Occidentale, Rozenn Guérois sur le sena et Yvonne Treis sur le kambaata. Le tout est en open access.
Bonne lecture  sur :
https://typologyatcrossroads.unibo.it/issue/view/1255

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Séminaires Llacan

Séminaire du Llacan – 26 juin 2024, Guillaume Guitang (Université libre de Bruxelles) : Système temporel du Gisey (tchadique)

Le mercredi 26 juin 2024, de 10h à 11h, nous recevons Guillaume Guitang (Université libre de Bruxelles), pour une communication sur le système temporel du Gisey (tchadique).

Gizey: (genuinely) tenseless?

Based on a strictly morphological characterization of tense as an inflectional category of the verb, I recently claimed that Gizey is tenseless (see e.g., Guitang 2024), viz., it does not express temporal reference (the relationship between reference time (aka topic time) and utterance time (aka time of speech), see, e.g., Klein 1994) via verbal morphology. In line with this analysis, temporal reference is understood to be marked mainly via temporal adverbs and temporal particles. However, viewpoint aspect, perfective and imperfective, which is marked inflectionally, also tends to constrain temporal reference, mainly past and nonpast, respectively. Now, if paradigmatic aspectual marking can predict temporal reference, can Gizey still be described as tenseless? Note that a tenseless language is generally seen as “a language that does not have paradigmatic expressions that convey a temporal relation between the topic time and the utterance time” (Tonhauser 2015: 132). In this talk, I will first review the evidence that the paradigmatic expression seen on Gizey verbs is aspect and not tense. Then, I will assess Gizey’s tenselessness based on what tenselessness means across different languages.

  • Guitang, Guillaume. 2024. A morphosyntactic description of Gizey (Chadic). Brussels: Université libre de Bruxelles PhD dissertation.
  • Klein, Wolfgang. 1994. Time in language. London: Routledge.
  • Tonhauser, Judith. 2015. Cross-Linguistic Temporal Reference. Annual review of linguistics. Annual Reviews 1(1). 129–154.
    https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-linguist-030514-124923.

Lien Zoom pour assister au séminaire : https://cnrs.zoom.us/j/95654741763

ID  réunion : 956 5474 1763

Code secret : 81Llacan35

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Séminaires Llacan

EN REPLAY : Séminaire du Llacan – Yvonne TREIS : Towards a Kambaata Digital Language Archive

Le mercredi 15 mai 2024, de 10h à 11h, Yvonne TREIS nous a fait une présentation intitulée : Towards a Kambaata Digital Language Archive.

Abstract:

This presentation is not a classical seminar paper but rather a progress report about my collaborative work on the Kambaata Digital Language Archive. I give an overview about the type of conversational data that I collected during my last field trip, and I explain where and in which form I plan to make this data available. I also present the transcription and translation workflow that I have been following with my two language assistants, Yoseph Yonas Zecharias and Teshome Dagne Madebo, since November. In the second part of the presentation, I highlight two aspects that characterize my new corpus and which were not attested (or overlooked) in earlier data: (a) different backchanneling elements, including an ingressively pronounced interjection and (b) frequent violations of the “standard” word order, which I had so far always assumed to be strictly head-final. As the transcription of the recordings progresses, these aspects can be explored and quantified in the near future.

Pour revoir la présentation sur zoom, cliquez ici.

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Colloques

WORKSHOP « Disentangling Zambezi Valley population history: Why historians need linguists (and vice versa) » : 13-14 May 2024

L’équipe OriKunda (ANR-22-CE54-0009, PI Rozenn Guérois) organise son premier workshop sur l’étude de la langue chikunda et de ses liens historiques et génétiques avec les langues du Zambèze moyen et de son cours inférieur. Ce workshop, en mode hybride, est avant tout destiné aux intervenants, dans le style table ronde, mais si vous souhaitez néanmoins assister à certaines présentations, vous pourrez vous joindre à nous en salle de réunion ou en ligne via le lien zoom indiqué dans le programme.

Ce workshop aura lieu du 13 au 14 mai 2024 au LLACAN – CNRS, 7 rue Guy Môquet, 94800 Villejuif.

Le programme du workshop est disponible ici.

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