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lun. 27/02/2023 Réunion Interne
Assemblée générale du laboratoire / General assembly of the laboratory
salle Marc Bloch, MSH

L'assemblée générale regroupe tous les membres du laboratoire et a pour but d'informer et d'échanger. On y découvre des informations générales sur le laboratoire et son environnement, le travail des ingénieurs et techniciens, les axes de recherche, et la cellule Communication. La présence de tous est obligatoire. L'assemblé générale sera suivie par un buffet convivial à la cafétéria de la MSH.


mar. 07/03/2023 [Séminaire DiLiS] - Discourse phenomena channel the diffusion of grammatical phenomena: the case of wishes and optatives
MSH-LSE, salle Elise Rivet (hybride)
Conférence de :
  • Nina Dobrushina

dans le cadre DILIS

Nina Dobrushina (University of Tübingen, visiting scholar)

There is a hypothesis that the diffusion of grammatical categories can be mediated by the spread of discourse phenomena which leads to the super-diffusion of grammatical phenomena (Beier et al. 2002, De Vries 2006, Nikitina 2017, Epps & Michael 2017, Mithun 2008). In this talk, I will contribute to this discussion by focusing on the grammatical category of the optatives (a form which expresses a wish or a hope of the speaker that something would happen) in the languages of Daghestan, and the discourse phenomenon of wish formulas (blessings and curses) in the same area. I will show that inflectional optatives is the only linguistic phenomenon shared by all indigenous families of the Caucasus apart from ejective consonants and ergative alignment. In Daghestan, Russia’s most multilingual republic, optatives bear apparent features of areal spread. They are found in the whole area including genealogically unrelated languages; they may use old (non-analyzable) and new (transparent) marking within the same family and even branch; one language can have several optatives with the same function. High diffusibility of the optative and abundance of other wish expressions points to a special scenario of language contact. I believe that inflectional optatives are an inherited feature of Nakh-Daghestanian languages, whose maintenance and diffusion is supported by the discourse practice of blessings and curses, thus showcasing the link between structural linguistic phenomena and cultural environment. In this study, together with the spread of the optatives, I also consider the spread of wish formulas (such as Have a nice trip!) across Daghestan, thus contributing to the study of the interaction of language and culture through discourse practices.
Beier, C., Michael, L., & Sherzer, J. (2002). Discourse forms and processes in indigenous lowland South America: An areal-typological perspective. Annual Review of Anthropology, 31(1), 121-145.
De Vries, L. (2006). Areal pragmatics of New Guinea: thematization, distribution and recapitulative linkage in Papuan narratives. Journal of Pragmatics 38, 811--828.
Epps, P., and L. Michael. (2017). The areal linguistics of Amazonia. The Cambridge handbook of areal linguistics: 934-963.
Mithun, M. (2008). Borrowed rhetorical constructions as starting points for grammaticalization. Constructions and language change: 196-230.
Nikitina, T. (2017). Discourse reporting in African storytelling. ERC Starting Grant proposal (grant agreement No 758232).


jeu. 09/03/2023 Atelier doctorant / Ph.D. workshop
MSH-LSE, Paul Rivière

Introduction au thaï central / Intro to central Thaï
Karl Seifen


ven. 10/03/2023 Réunion Interne
Auditions blanches Misha Daniel + Nina Dobrushina
MSH-LSE Berty Albrecht

lun. 13/03/2023 Réunion Interne
Audition blanche #2, Misha Daniel
MSH-LSE Berty Albrecht

mar. 14/03/2023 Réunion Interne
Visite de Ricardo Etxepare (Directeur Adjoint Scientifique de la section 34)
MSH-LSE salle Bollier

ven. 17/03/2023 Réunion Interne
Audition blanche #2, Nina Dobrushina
MSH-LSE Berty Albrecht

jeu. 23/03/2023 N. Dobrushina: "Les emprunts grammaticaux sont-ils véhiculés par des formules de discours?"
MSH-LSE B. Albrecht

lun. 27/03/2023 Dendy N' Science meeting: Discussion of research paper
14h - 15.30
Salle Elise Rivet

Join us to openly discuss the following paper: Lameira, A. R. (2022). Arboreal origin of consonants and thus, ultimately, speech. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.


mar. 28/03/2023 [Séminaire DiLiS] Body part collocations in Thulung
MSH-LSE, salle Elise Rivet (hybride)
Conférence de :
  • Aimée Lahaussois

dans le cadre DILIS

Lien: https://cnrs.zoom.us/j/99150543258?pwd=K3QwWG1RL0hKN0o4SWNXdGZMSG5DUT09


Aimée Lahaussois (Laboratoire HTL Histoire des théories linguistiques, Paris)


Thulung, a Kiranti language (Sino-Tibetan/Trans-Himalayan, Eastern Nepal), has a number of complex predicates, mostly used for the expression of emotions and moods, which are made up of a body part (including abstract notions, such as mind and energy) plus verb. An example from Thulung is given in (1):

(1)       gu-ka               a:ma                nʌ:       khu-irʉ

            3SG-ERG       1SG.POSS      mind    steal-3SG>3SG.PST

            ‘I was deceived by him.’ [lit. He stole my mind]

In the Mainland Southeast Asia linguistic area, these types of predicates are labeled psycho-collocations (Matisoff 1986; Vittrant 2013; Vittrant & Watkins 2019), and they constitute an important areal feature. Similarly constructed expressions form a significant part of the lexical repertoire of Kiranti languages, even though they have rarely been described for these languages (Bickel 1997 is a notable exception).
In this talk, I will describe the 35 psycho-collocations I have collected in Thulung, presenting the range of body parts; the subtypes of psycho-collocations; the morphosyntactic patterns exhibited, looking specifically at the coding of the body part and of the experiencer in these expressions.

Bickel, Balthasar. 1997. The possessive of experience in Belhare. In David Bradley (ed.), Tibeto-Burman languages of the Himalayas, 135–155. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Matisoff, James. 1986. Hearts and minds in South-East asian languages and English : an essay in the comparative lexical semantics of psycho-collocations. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale 15(1). 5–57.
Vittrant, Alice. 2013. Psycho-collocational expressives in Burmese. In Williams, Jeffrey (ed.), The Aesthetics of Grammar: Sound and Meaning in the Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia, 255–279. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Vittrant, Alice & Justin Watkins (eds.). 2019. The Mainland Southeast Asia Linguistic Area (Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs 314). Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter.


jeu. 30/03/2023 [Ateliers doctorants] Carrière post-thèse : Pierric Sans
En distanciel

Dans la série Carrière post-thèse des ateliers doctorants, nous accueillerons Pierric Sans en visio. Il nous parlera de sa carrière depuis les États-Unis, donc la rencontre sera en visio. Toutes les informations Zoom ci-dessous :

Meeting ID: 967 1573 1198
Passcode: 29mGyA



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