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Maïa PONSONNET

CRCN, CNRS

 04 72 72 65 46

maia.ponsonnet@cnrs.fr

Teams :   DiLiS 


  Training and professional background
  Research interests
  Scientific activities
  Participation in research projects
  Other international activities
  Main publications and conferences

TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


 

2022-... : Chargé de Recherche CNRS, Dynamique Du Langage

2017-2021 : Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia (Perth)

2016-2017 : Australian Research Council's DECRA Fellowship, University of Sydney

2014-2015 : Post-doctorante ASLAN, Dynamique Du Langage

2010-2013 : Doctorante à l'Australian National University (Canberra)

 

2014 : Doctorat de Linguistique (Australian National University, dir. Nicholas Evans)

 

2005 : Doctorat de Philosophie (Université Paris 8, dir. Antonia Soulez)

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

Main research question/Question de recherche centrale:

  • Can the language we speak change the emotions we feel?
    La langue que l'on parle peut-elle influencer les émotions que l'on ressent?
 

Langues, expressivité et émotions

  • Typologie de l'encodage linguistique des émotions dans les langues du monde
  • Ressources expressives : morphologie (ex. diminutifs, augmentatifs, réduplication), interjections, prosodie...
  • Typologie sémantique et lexicale dans le domaine des émotions et de l'intellection
  • Représentations figuratives des émotions
  • Méthologie et documentation de l'encodage linguistique des émotions
Languages, expressivity and emotions
  • Typology of the linguistic encoding of emotions across the world's languages
  • Expressive ressources: morphology (e.g. diminutives, augmentatives, reduplication), interjections, prosodie...
  • Semantic and lexical typology of in the domain of emotion and intellection
  • Figurative representations of emotions
  • Methodology and documentation of the linguistic encoding of emotions

 

Description des langues australiennes

  • Langues gunwinyguan (Arnhem Land, Territoire du Nord) : dalabon, rembarrnga, kunwok
  • Kriol (créole du nord de l’Australie)
  • Structures actancielles et opérations de valence (constructions réflexives, applicatives), aspect et modalité, contructions possessives, classes de possession, organisation du discours...
  • Rôle du corps dans les représentations figuratives des émotions
  • Morphologie évaluative (diminutifs, réduplication)
  • Sémantique lexicale dans le domaine des émotions, de l'intellection et des concepts du savoir traditionnel
Description of Australian languages
  • Gunwinyguan languages (Arnhem Land, Northern Territory): Dalabon, Rembarrnga, Kunwok
  • Kriol (northern Australian creole)
  • Argument structure and valency operations (reflexives, applicatives), aspect and modality, possessive constructions, possession classes, discourse structure...
  • Evaluative morphology (diminutives, reduplication)
  • Lexical semantics of the domains of emotions, intellection and traditional-knowledge concepts

 

Créoles et changement linguistique

  • Implications linguistiques et culturelles du changement linguistique
  • Ecologie linguistique et sociolinguistique du kriol
  • L'encodage des émotions en kriol : lexique, métaphores, prosodie, interjections...
  • Description grammaticale du kriol parlé dans la région de Barunga : aspect, modalité, structure du discours...
Creoles and language shift
  • Linguistic and cultural implications of language shift
  • Linguistic ecology and sociolinguistic attitudes towards Kriol
  • The linguistic encoding of emotions in Kriol: lexicon, metaphors, prosody, interjections...
  • Grammatical description of Kriol as spoken in the Barunga region : aspect, modalité, structure du discours...

 

Documentation linguistique et engagement communautaire

  • Documentation de langues minoritaires
  • Méthodes pour la documentation de l'encodage linguistique des émotions à destination des linguistes
  • Outils pour la documentation du domaine des émotions à destination des communautés
  • Collaboration avec des organisations communautaires autour de projets locaux
  • Rôle de la digitisation des collections linguistiques locales
Linguistic communication and community engagement
  • Documentation of minority languages
  • Methods to document the linguistic encoding of emotions, for linguists
  • Tools for language documentation in the emotional domain, for communities
  • Collaboration with community organisations around local projects
  • Role of digitisation of local language collections

 

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES


 

2022-...: Co-rédactrice en chef du Journal de la Société des Océanistes
Avec Jessica De Largy Healy (CNRS LESC, Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative)

 

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS


 

Projets financés et groupes de recherche


  • 2022-2025 : Linkage Project Grant, Australian Research Council
    ‘Life after digitisation: future-proofing Western Austraila’s vulnerable cultural heritage’.
    Helena Grehan (Murdoch University), Ben Smith (UWA), Paul Arthur (Edith Cowen University) & Clint Bracknell (University of Queensland)
    Avec les centres de langues de l'Australie de l'Ouest : Goldfield (Kalgoorlie), Mirima (Kununurra), Wangka Maya (Port Headland), Kimberley (Halls Creek) and Irra Wangga (Geralton).

  • 2021-2023 : Discovery Project Grant (Australian Research Council)
    ‘Landscape, language and culture in Indigenous Australia’
    Variation intra- et inter-linguistique des descriptions linguistiques spatiales.
    Bill Palmer (University of Newcastle), Alice Gaby (Monash University) & Joe Blythe (Macquarie University)

  • 2020-... : Membre associée au projet FEMIDAL porté par Patrick Caudal (CNRS, LLF)
    ‘Formal/Experimental Methods in In-Depth Descriptions of Australian Indigenous Languages’

  • 2013-... : Projet ‘Frames’ au sein du Labex ‘TransferS’

Funded projects and research groups

  • 2022-2025 : Linkage Project Grant, Australian Research Council
    ‘Life after digitisation: future-proofing Western Austraila’s vulnerable cultural heritage’.
    Helena Grehan (Murdoch University), Ben Smith (UWA), Paul Arthur (Edith Cowen University) & Clint Bracknell (University of Queensland)
    With Language Centres of Wester Australia : Goldfield (Kalgoorlie), Mirima (Kununurra), Wangka Maya (Port Headland), Kimberley (Halls Creek) and Irra Wangga (Geralton).

  • 2021-2023 : Discovery Project Grant (Australian Research Council)
    ‘Landscape, language and culture in Indigenous Australia’
    Intra- and cross-linguistic variation of linguistic descriptions of space.
    Bill Palmer (University of Newcastle), Alice Gaby (Monash University) & Joe Blythe (Macquarie University)

  • 2020-... : Member of FEMIDAL project, coordinated by Patrick Caudal (CNRS, LLF)
    ‘Formal/Experimental Methods in In-Depth Descriptions of Australian Indigenous Languages’

  • 2013-... : ‘Frames’ project within ‘TransferS’ Labex
 

OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES


 

Affiliations à l'étranger

  • Adjunct in the School of Social Sciences The University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Affiliate Member of the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Western Sydney, University of Queensland)
 

MAIN PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
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Books
 

Ponsonnet, M., 2020, "Difference and repetition in language shift to a creole. The expression of emotions", Routledge (link)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2014, "The language of emotions: The case of Dalabon (Australia)", John Benjamins Publishing Company, 466 p. (link)  (Couverture)


PhDs and master thesis
 

Ponsonnet, M., 2013, "The language of emotions in Dalabon (Northern Australia)", Mémoire de thèse, Linguistics, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University (link)


Edited books
 

Ponsonnet, M., Hoffmann, D. & O'Keeffe, I. (eds), 2020, "Emotion, body and mind across a continent: Figurative representations of emotions in Australian Aboriginal languages", Pragmatics & Cognition, special issue 27(1) (link)


 

Ponsonnet, M. & Vuillermet, M. (eds), 2018, "Morphology and emotions across the world’s languages", John Benjamins, Special issue of Studies in Language, 42(1), 295 p., John Benjamins, 0378-4177 (link, ingenta connect)  (Couverture)


 

Travési, C. & Ponsonnet, M. (eds), 2015, "Les conceptions de la propriété foncière à l’épreuve des revendications autochtones : possession, propriété et leurs avatars", Marseille, pacific-credo Publications, 306 p.


 

Ponsonnet, M., Dao, L. & Bowler, M. (eds), 2012, "Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference – 2011. (Canberra, 1-4 Dec 2011)", Canberra, ANU Research Repository


Chapters in books
 

Ponsonnet, M., 2021, "Transfer and applicative constructions in Gunwinyguan languages (non-Pama-Nyungan, Australia)", in Give constructions across languages, Bouveret, M. (ed), John Benjamins, pp. 121-143 (link)


 

Mushin, I. & Ponsonnet, M., 2021, "Country, People and Language in Carpentaria", in Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, Castro-Koshy, E. & Lehartel, T. (eds), Ellipse (link)


 

McConvell, P. & Ponsonnet, M., 2018, "Generic term of subsections (‘skins’): sources and semantic networks", in Skins, kin and clans, McConvell, P. & Kelly, P. (eds), Résultats Postdoc ASLAN, Canberra, ANU Epress, pp. 271-315


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2017, "Les métaphores de la colère en dalabon : universalité et particularités", in L’expression des émotions : syntaxe et sémantique, Tersis, N. & Boyeldieu, P. (eds), Paris, ENS Editions, pp. 531-556


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2016, "Emotion nouns in Australian languages. A case study and a preliminary survey ", in Language, Land and Story in Australia, Austin, P., Koch, H. & Simpson, J. (eds), Londres, EL Publishing


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2016, "Reflexive, reciprocal and emphatic functions in Barunga Kriol", in Loss and renewal. Australian languages since colonization, Meakins, F. & O'Shannessy, C. (eds), Berlin, Mouton De Gruyter, pp. 297-332


 

Ponsonnet, M. & Evans, N., 2015, "Emotional valuation in Dalabon diminutives", in The Edinburgh Handbook of Evaluative Morphology, Grandi, N. & Kortvelyessy, L. (eds), Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 401-407


Journals
 

Palmer, B., Hoffmann, D., Blythe, J., Gaby, A., Pascoe, B. & Ponsonnet, M., 2021, "Frames of spatial reference in five Australian languages", Spatial Cognition and Computation, https://doi.org/10.1080/13875868.2021.1929239 (link)


 

Brown, C. & Ponsonnet, M., 2021, "Constraints on subject elision in northern Australian Kriol: Between discourse and syntax", Australian Journal of Linguistics, 41:3, pp. 287-313 (link)


 

Laughren, M. & Ponsonnet, M., 2020, "Ear and belly in Warlpiri descriptions of cognitive and emotional experience", Pragmatics & Cognition, 27:1, pp. 240-271 (link)


 

Ponsonnet, M. & Laginha, K.J., 2020, "The role of the body in descriptions of emotions. A typology of the Australian continent", Pragmatics & Cognition, 27:1, pp. 20-82 (link)


 

Luk, E. & Ponsonnet, M., 2019, "Discourse and pragmatic functions of the Dalabon 'ergative' case-marker", Australian Journal of Linguistics, 39:3, pp. 287-328 (link)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2018, "Expressivity and performance. Expressing compassion and grief with a prosodic contour in languages of the Gunwinyguan region (northern Australia)", Journal of Pragmatics, 136, pp. 76-96


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2018, "Lexical semantics in language shift. Comparing emotion lexica in Dalabon and Barunga Kriol (northern Australia)", Journal of Pidgin and Kriol languages, 33:1, pp. 92-35


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2018, "A preliminary typology of emotional connotations in morphological diminutives and augmentatives", Studies in Language, 42:1, pp. 17-50


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2018, "Expressive values of reduplication in Barunga Kriol (northern Australia)", Studies in Language, 42:1, pp. 226-255


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2017, "Conceptual representations and figurative language in language shift. Metaphors and gestures for emotions in Kriol (Barunga, northern Australia)", Cognitive Linguistics, 28:4, pp. 631-671 (link)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2015, "Nominal subclasses in Dalabon (South-Western Arnhem Land)", The Australian Journal of Linguistics, 35:1, pp. 1-52 (link)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2014, "Les rôles de kangu « ventre » dans les composés émotionnels du dalabon (Australie du Nord) : entre figuratif et littéral ", Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris, 109:1, pp. 415-461


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2014, "Figurative and non-figurative uses of body-parts in descriptions of emotions in Dalabon (Northern Australia)", International Journal of Language and Culture, 1:1, pp. 98-130 (cliquez ici)


 

McConvell, P. & Ponsonnet, M., 2013, "Results and prospects in the study of semantic change: A review of From polysemy to semantic change (M. Vanhove ed.)", Journal of Language Contact, 6:1, pp. 180-196


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2011, "Les figures du doute en langue dalabon (Australie du Nord)", Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 132:1, pp. 151-164


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2011, "Brainwash from English? Barunga Kriol speakers views about their language", Anthropological Linguistics, 52:2, pp. 160-183


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2010, "Aspects of the semantics of emotions and feelings in Dalabon (South-Western Arnhem Land)", The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 20:3, pp. 367-389


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2009, "Aspects of the semantics of intellectual subjectivity in Dalabon (South Western Arnhem Land)", Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2009:1, pp. 17-28


Conferences with proceedings
 

Ponsonnet, M., 2014, "Documenting the language of emotions in Dalabon (Northern Australia). Caveats, solutions and benefits "Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 6-8 Décembre 2013, Belkadi, A., Chatsiou, K. & Rowan, K. (eds), pp. 1-13 (cliquez ici)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2012, "Body-parts in Dalabon and Barunga Kriol: Matches and mismatches"42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Canberra, Australie, 1-4 décembre 2011, ANU Research Repository, pp. 351-387 (cliquez ici)


Report
 

Ponsonnet, M., 2019, "Recirculating Songs. Revitalising the singing practices of Indigenous Australia (Wafer J. et Turpin M. eds.)", Aboriginal History, Canberra


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2017, "Les émotions dans le discours/Emotions in Discourse (Blumenthal P., Novakova I. et Siepmann D. eds.). ", Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris 111(2). , Paris


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2013, "Mythes, missiles et cannibales. Le récit d’un premier contact en Australie (Dousset L.)", Anthropological Forum, 23(3)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2008, "Le défi indigène (Glowczewski B. and Henry R. ed.)", L'Homme, 187/188


Electronic source
 

Ponsonnet, M., 2012, "A culturally informed corpus of Dalabon", ELDP Project, Endangered Languages Archive (cliquez ici)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2011, "The Australian tradition of multilingualism and the post-colonial context", Sorosoro, Antoinre Launey (cliquez ici)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2011, "The ideology of monolingualism in the Australian context", Sorosoro, Antoine Launey (cliquez ici)


 

Ponsonnet, M., 2009, "Aspects de la subjectivité intellectuelle en Dalabon (Sud-Ouest Arnhem, Australie). Trad. française. ", Texto!, François Laurent


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