Louise Esher soutiendra son HDR intitulée Discerning intricate inflectional realities in diachronic analogy and morphomic structure le jeudi 21 décembre 2023 à 14H30 dans les salons de l’Inalco au 2 rue de Lille. Il est prévu d’aller boire un coup après de façon informelle pour ceux qui voudront.
Jour : 8 décembre 2023
Le mercredi 13 décembre 2023 de 10h à 11h, nous accueillons Sara Pacchiarotti (U Gand) pour une présentation intitulée : The Congo-Ubangi watershed: An interdisciplinary approach to the genesis of a Central African linguistic accretion zone (project’s acronym CongUbangi).
Central Africa’s Congo-Ubangi watershed spans multiple ecozones in the northern margins of the rainforest. Straddling the borders of three modern countries in Central Africa, i.e., Congo-Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville, and the Central African Republic, it is a major hotbed of linguistic, cultural and human genetic diversity with deep occupation history. This linguistic accretion zone is home to a complex mosaic of genealogically and typologically diverse languages spoken by small-size communities with different societal organizations, material cultures, and subsistence specializations. Despite the myriad of new insights it could generate about language evolution and deep human past, it is poorly known due to difficulty of access and an astonishingly intricate configuration.
The aim of CongUbangi is to understand the present-day interconnections between language, material cultures and genes in the Congo-Ubangi watershed and project them as far back into the past as possible through a holistic, localized and locally-enforced interdisciplinary approach. The project team’s core scientific expertise covers linguistics, ethnoarchaeology, and archaeology. Genetic and paleoenvironmental expertise is added through inter-university collaboration. CongUbangi will realize a breakthrough in our understanding of how linguistic diversity correlates with cultural and genetic diversity and why it originated and persisted in this specific ecoregion for millennia. New bodies of evidence from mutually-feeding disciplines will be integrated to determine whether (i) language shift is an adaptive strategy in response to environmental stress and (ii) past environmental changes impacted the synchronic distribution of linguistic enclaves.
In this talk, I outline the plan of action to be undertaken in order to achieve these goals.
Lien Zoom pour assister au séminaire : https://cnrs.zoom.us/j/95654741763
ID réunion : 956 5474 1763
Code secret : 81Llacan35