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My research is focused on the documentation and description of the endangered languages of the small Takanan family of the Amazonian lowlands of Northern Bolivia, in particular Cavineña, Reyesano (Maropa) and Tacana. My goal is to provide general descriptions of these languages as well as detailed studies of some of their remarkable morphosyntactic properties, such as, e.g., their intricate argument marking patterns and their elaborate systems of associated motion.



Professional career

  • 2016-present : Directeur de Recherche (Senior Research Associate) at CNRS (DR2 then DR1), Laboratory DDL (UMR 5596)
  • 2007-2016 : Chargé de Recherche (Junior Research Associate) at CNRS (CR2 then CR1), Laboratory DDL
  • 2006-2007 : Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (ATER), Département des Sciences du Langage, University Lumière Lyon 2
  • 2004-2006 : Postdoctoral fellow, Laboratory DDL, project "Documentation of Reyesano" funded by an "Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship" from ELDP (SOAS, London)

University degrees




Amazonian languages of Bolivia (map IRD)

  • Takanan linguistic family
  • Languages: Cavineña, Reyesano (Maropa) and Tacana


Description and documentation

  • phonetic and phonological studies, reference grammars, dictionaries, text collection
  • functional-typological approach (Comrie, Creissels, DeLancey, Givón, Lazard, Mithun, etc.), Basic Linguistic Theory (R.M.W. Dixon)
  • data collection in the field: recording, transcription and translation of narratives and conversations, controlled elicitation, participant observation
  • data archiving (ELAR at SOAS, AILLA at U. Texas à Austin)



  • argument-encoding systems, alignment (ergative, split, hierarchical/inverse, etc.), ditransitivity (double-object constructions)
  • voice / valency-changing constructions (sociative causative, passive)
  • motion event ("associated motion")


Historical-comparative and areal linguistics (language contact)

  • historical-comparative study of Takanan languages, in particular in the domain of morpho-syntax




Organization of conferences, workshops, summer schools, etc.:


Jury member of Habilitation à Diriger des Rercherches (HDR) thesis:

  • François, Alexandre. 2014. Structures et dynamiques des systèmes linguistiques. Documentation, description, comparaison des langues océaniennes. Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, 26 June


Jury member of Ph.D. / doctoral theses:

  • Bertet, Denis. 2020. Aspects of Tikuna grammar (San Martín de Amacayacu variety, Colombia). Phonology, nominal phrase, predicative phrase. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 6 November
  • Zhang, Shuya. 2020. Le rgyalrong situ de Brag-bar et sa contribution à la typologie de l'expression des relations spatiales : L'orientation et le mouvement associé. Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, 6 November
  • Gonzales Castaño, Geny. 2019. Una gramática de la lengua namtrik de Totoró. Lengua barbacoa hablada en los Andes colombianos. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 10 July
  • Diaz Montenegro, Esteban. 2019. El habla nasa (páez) de Munchique : nuevos acercamientos a su sociolingüística, fonología y sintaxis. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 8 July
  • Tallman, Adam J. 2018. A Grammar of Chácobo, a southern Pano language of the northern Bolivian Amazon. The University of Texas at Austin, 15 May
  • Rosés Labrada, Jorge Emilio. 2015. The Mako language: vitality, grammar and classification. The University of Western Ontario & Université Lumière Lyon 2, 15 April
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2013. Inflectional Morphology in the Zamucoan Languages. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, 26 April
  • Vuillermet, Marine. 2012. A grammar of Ese Ejja, a Takanan language of the Bolivian Amazon. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 14 September
  • Kondić, Snježana. 2012. A Grammar of South Eastern Huastec, a Mayan Language from Mexico. University of Sydney & Université Lumière Lyon 2, 11 June
  • Cáceres, Natalia. 2011. Grammaire fonctionnelle-typologique du ye'kwana. Langue caribe du Venezuela. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 12 December
  • Emkow, Carola. 2006. A grammar of Araona, an Amazonian language of Northwestern Bolivia. Université La Trobe (Australia)


Ad-hoc reviewer of journal articles or chapters in collective volumes:

  • American Museum of Natural History publication series
  • Amerindia
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi
  • De Gruyter Mouton
  • Diachronica
  • Faits de Langues
  • Folia Linguistica
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Journal of Historical Linguistics
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistic Discovery
  • Linguistique et Langues Africaines
  • Linguistic Typology
  • Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada
  • Studies in Language




2018-2022: Head of the laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (DDL, UMR5596)


2018-2022: Member of the Executive Committee of the Laboratory of Excellence "Advanced studies on language complexity" (LabEx ASLAN) of the laboratories DDL, ICAR et LIRIS


2015-2017: Coordinator of research team "Description, Typology, Fieldwork" (Description, Typologie, Terrain - DTT) of the laboratoire DDL


2011-2022: Member of the Steering Committee of the Laboratory of Excellence ‘Advanced Studies on Language Complexity’ (LabEx ASLAN)" (coord. K. Lund)


2009-2015: Coordinator of research team "Description, Typology, Variation (DTV)" (Description, Typologie, Variation - DTV) of the laboratoire DDL




Fieldwork on Tacana, village of Tumupasa (department of La Paz, Amazonian Bolivia): 5 trips between 2003 and 2013 totalizing 4 months in the field


Fieldwork on Reyesano (Maropa), village of Reyes and traditional community of Ratije (department of Beni, Amazonian Bolivia): 4 trips between 2003 and 2008 totalizing 8 months 1/2 in the field


Fieldwork on Cavineña, town of Riberalta and traditional communities of Galilea and Misión Cavinas (departments of Beni and Pando, Amazonian Bolivia): 6 trips between 1996 and 2003 totalizing 15 months in the field




2009: Bronze Medal of the CNRS




2011-2022: Laboratory of Excellence "Advanced studies on language complexity" (LabEx ASLAN), member of the Steering Committee (2011-2022) and Executive Committee (2018-2022)




2023: Course "Associated motion: typological introduction and preliminary investigation in the languages of Northwestern Mexico", 16 hours, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico, 21-24 November


2022: Course "Associated motion in typological and diachronic perspectives", 5 hours, International Summer School "Semantic Shifts from Lexicon to Grammar", Fréjus, 12-23 September, in collaboration with G. Jacques (CRLAO) - (course description)




Doctoral / Ph.D. theses:




Guillaume, A., 2008, "A Grammar of Cavineña", Berlin & New York, Mouton de Gruyter, xxxiv, 900 p., Mouton Grammar Library [MGL 44], 9783110188424 (Editeur, version EEG online)  (Couverture)

PhDs and master thesis

Guillaume, A., 2013, "Les langues takana d’Amazonie bolivienne : documentation, description, typologie, morphosyntaxe historique et aréale ", Thèse d'Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, Département des Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2


Guillaume, A., 2004, "A Grammar of Cavineña, an Amazonian Language of Northern Bolivia", Thèse de Doctorat (Ph.D.), Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australie)


Guillaume, A., 2000, "Le Cavineña : Éléments de Morpho-syntaxe", Mémoire de DEA, Département des Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2

Edited books

Guillaume, A. & Koch, H. (eds), 2021, "Associated Motion", Berlin & Boston, De Gruyter Mouton, 923 p., 978-3-11-069200-6 (Editeur)  (Couverture)


Guillaume, A. & Gildea, S. (eds), 2018, "The evolution of argument coding patterns in South American languages", Journal of Historicial Linguistics, 8:1, 167 p. p. (journal issue)  (Couverture)


Guillaume, A. & Valenzuela, P. (eds), 2017, "Estudios sincrónicos y diacrónicos sobre lenguas Pano y Takana: fonología, morfología y sintaxis", vol. 39:1 & vol. 39:2, Paris, Amerindia, 506 p. (journal issue)  (Couverture)


Guillaume, A. & Rose, F. (eds), 2011, "Argument-encoding systems in Bolivian Amazonian languages", International Journal of Amercian Linguistics, 77:4, 162 p. (journal issue)

Chapters in books

Guillaume, A., To appear, "Takanan languages", in Amazonian Languages. An International Handbook, Epps, P. & Michael, L. (eds), De Gruyter Mouton


Guillaume, A., 2022, "Negation in Tacana (Amazonian Bolivia): Synchronic description and diachronic reconstruction", in The Negative Existential Cycle, 2, Veselinova, L. & Hamari, A. (eds), Research on Comparative Grammar, Berlin, Language Science Press, pp. 519–552 (Editeur)


Guillaume, A. & Koch, H., 2021, "Introduction: associated motion as a grammatical category in linguistic typology ", in Associated Motion, Guillaume, A. & Koch, H. (eds), Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT 64], De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 3-30


Guillaume, A., 2018, "From ergative case-marking to hierarchical agreement: a reconstruction of the argument-marking system of Reyesano (Takanan, Bolivia)", in Typological hierarchies in synchrony and diachrony, Cristofaro, S. & Zúñiga, F. (eds), Typological Studies in Language 121, Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 217-256


Guillaume, A., 2014, "The Interaction of Reduplication with Word Classes and Transitivity in Cavineña", in Reduplication in Indigenous Languages of South America, Goodwin Gómez, G. & van der Voort, H. (eds), Studies in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas 7, Leiden, Brill, pp. 313-342


Guillaume, A., 2024, "Associated motion, associated posture and imperfective aspect in Tacana (Amazonian Bolivia) ", Studies in Language, [advanced online]


Guillaume, A., 2018, "The grammatical expression of emotions in Tacana and other Takanan languages", Studies in Language (Special issue on 'Morphology and emotions across the world’s languages', edited by M. Ponsonnet & M. Vuillermet), 42:1, pp. 114-145


Gildea, S. & Guillaume, A., 2018, "Introduction: The evolution of argument coding patterns in South American languages", Journal of Historical Linguistics (Special issue on 'The evolution of argument coding patterns in South American languages', edited by A. Guillaume & S. Gildea)), 8:1, pp. 1-6


Guillaume, A., 2017, "Sistemas complejos de movimiento asociado en las lenguas Takana y Pano: perspectivas descriptiva, tipológica e histórico-comparativa", Amerindia (Numéro thématique: Estudios sincrónicos y diacrónicos sobre lenguas Pano y Takana: fonología, morfología y sintaxis, edited by A. Guillaume & P. M. Valenzuela), 39:1, pp. 211-261


Valenzuela, P. & Guillaume, A., 2017, "Estudios sincrónicos y diacrónicos sobre lenguas Pano y Takana: una introducción", Amerindia (Numéro thématique: Estudios sincrónicos y diacrónicos sobre lenguas Pano y Takana: fonología, morfología y sintaxis, edited by A. Guillaume & P. M. Valenzuela), 39:1, pp. 1-49

Conferences with proceedings

Guillaume, A., 2000, "Directionals versus associated motions in Cavineña", proc. of LACUS Forum XXVI: The lexicon, Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), August, 3-7, Melby, A. & Lommel, A. (eds), pp. 395-401  (pdf)

Invited and keynote conferences

Guillaume, A., 2010, "Los morfemas verbales de movimiento asociado en cavineña: ¿Verbos compuestos, verbos seriales, u otros?", proc. of Simposium: Expresión de nociones espaciales. Coloquio Internacional Amazonicas III: Fonología y sintaxis, Bogota, Colombia, April, 19-24


Guillaume, A., 2009, "Cavineña 'associated motion' suffixes: their meanings and discourse function", proc. of Transalpine Typology Meeting, Bern, Switzerland, January, 22-24

Invited presentations

Guillaume, A., 2022, "Associated Motion: a typological introduction", Online meeting of the ANR projet SALTA “Spatial Asymmetries across Languages: a Typological Approach”, invited conference, March 10


Guillaume, A., 2016, "Split ergative marking in Tacana: towards a historical reconstruction of a counter-universal pattern", Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Pisa, February 19


Guillaume, A., 2014, "Grammatical relations and language obsolescence: deobligatorification of ergative case marking in Tacana (Tacanan, Bolivia)", Séminaire du laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Laboratoire DDL, Lyon, 7 octobre


Guillaume, A., 2013, "Linguistique de terrain sur langues en danger d'Amazonie", La Clé des Langues, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, 3 novembre


Guillaume, A., 2012, "Estudio comparativo de los sistemas de movimiento asociado en las lenguas Takana y Pano ", Facultad de Letras y Ciencas Humanas Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Lima, Peru, April 24

Conference presentations

Guillaume, A., 2023, "Associated motion and associated posture in Tacana and other South American languages", Coloquio Internacional Amazónicas IX: Estructura de las lenguas amazónicas, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (Colombia), 5-9 June


Guillaume, A. & De Pasquale, N., 2021, "Associated motion in Western Sicilian: a preliminary account", Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE54), Digital conference, August 30 - September 3


Guillaume, A., 2019, "Associated motion & ‘associated posture’ in Tacana (Takanan family, Amazonian Bolivia)", 13th Conference of the Association of Linguistic Typology (ALT), University of Pavia (Italy), 4-6 September


Guillaume, A., 2018, "The grammar of negation in Tacana (Takanan, Amazonian Bolivia)", Workshop: “Negation in the languages of the world”. Syntax of the World's Languages VIII. , INALCO, Paris, 3-5 September


Guillaume, A., 2017, "A preliminary investigation of directive moods in Tacana (Takanan family, Amazonian Bolivia)", Atelier Morphosyntaxe “Imperatives and commands”, Laboratoire DDL, Lyon, 7 April

Movie or radio

Guillaume, A. & Zariquiey, R., 2017, ""Roberto Zariquiey - Les langues qui disparaissent", interview de Roberto Zariquiey par Antoine Guillaume filmée et réalisée par Christophe Delory pour le Collegium de Lyon.", 11 min (Accès à la vidéo)


Guillaume, A., Manus, S. & Van der Veen, L., 2007, "Les Langues en Danger", une émission télévisée Cap Sup, Cap Canal, présentée par Claude Costechareyre, réalisée par Vivian Gateau et produite par Philippe Meirieu", France, Cap Canal, Ville de Lyon, 1h,


Guillaume, A., 2006, "Linguistique de documentation du cavineña et du reyesano, entretien filmé conduit par E. de Pablo (FMSH-ESCoM), Archives Audiovisuelles de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines et Sociales", 2h23 (Accès aux vidéos)

Online Data

Guillaume, A. & Rose, F., 2020[2006], "Questionnaire on sociative causative", Url


Guillaume, A., 2015, "Cavineña", Url


Guillaume, A., 2005, "Documentation of Reyesano", Url (Handle)

Unpublished paper

Guillaume, A. & Van der Veen, L., 2008, "Rapport d’activité pour l’Université d’été internationale 3L sur la documentation et la description des langues tenue à Lyon, du 24 juin au 3 juillet 2008", DDL, pp. 6


Guillaume, A., 2008, "Diccionario reyesano (maropa)-castellano, con apuntes gramaticales", Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (CNRS & Université Lyon 2), pp. 92


Guillaume, A., 1996, "Propuesta de alfabeto y ficha técnica del pueblo Cavineño", Subsecretaría de Asuntos Étnicos. La Paz: Central Indígena Del Oriente Boliviano y UNICEF., pp. 17

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