Founded in 1994, the ‘Dynamique Du Langage’ (DDL) research lab explores the interface between the diversity of the world’s languages and the universality of human linguistic capacity. Our research lies at the heart of major challenges of our times: from understanding language development in children and in language pathologies to issues of language documentation and vitality and the investigation of the origins of language. The lab is structured around three research axes:




Sophie Bouton, has been awarded the “Prize Human and Social Sciences 2020” of the Association Rayonnement du CNRS: Anciens et Amis du CNRS (A3CNRS), of the Association des Amis de l'Université de Lyon and the Maison des Sciences Humaines Lyon St Etienne (MSH-LSE).

The award ceremony will take place during the general assembly of the A3CNRS on October 5th 2020 in Lyon.

***POSTPONED 05-08 July 2021***



The UNADREO co-organizes with the Dynamique Du Langage (CNRS / Université Lyon 2) laboratory and other international universities, the International Summer School, in speech therapy, a place of discussion and reflection on clinical practice, powered by recent research data.

For more information, see :

Workshop Constituency 2020

22-24 April 2020 ***POSTPONED***

The workshop will takes place at Maison des Sciences Humaines Lyon St Etienne (MSH-LSE) and is organized by the Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (DDL).

The workshop will be concerned with the description and typology of constituency and its relationship to the morphology-syntax distinction. We are interested in studies that empirically motivate the distinction or else show that it is not necessary.

For more information on the conference, see : or contact Adam Tallman.

DDL at Game Festival in Cannes

The commercial release of [kosmopoli:t] took place on January 11, 2020, the game went on its first walkabout during the International Boardgame Festival, from February 20 to 23, 2020, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

There, members of the laboratory involved in the project had the opportunity to present their game and the scientific booklet included.

The [kosmopoli:t] stand attracted around 3000 passionate players over the 4 days. The game also received a Cocktail d’Or trophy and ended at the first place of the 110 000 visitors Buzzmeter of the Festival. A real success !

Launch of game [kosmopoli:t]

After 4 years of work, the year 2020 marks the achievement of the [kosmopoli:t] game. The official launching party of the game took place on January 8th, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Grand Amphitheater of Lyon 2 University and was organized by the lab Dynamique Du Langage (DDL).

On this occasion, representatives of our institutions gave a speech: Frédéric Faure, Regional Delegate of the Rhône Auvergne delegation from the CNRS and Nathalie Dompnier, President of the University of Lyon 2; as well as Sophie Jullian, President of Pulsalys, Antoine Guillaume, Director of Unit DDL, Egidio Marsico, project leader DDL, Émilie Ribeiro, project leader Pulsalys and Florent Toscano, manager of the boardgames company Jeux Opla.

The evening ended after a buffet and several games of [kosmopoli:t]!

D.Dediu - "Reconnexion" ARTE

Dan DEDIU and Paul Widmer recorded the "Reconnexion" program broadcast on ARTE at the DDL laboratory.
The scientific web series highlights the links between everyday life and science by F. Rollin.
Find the relationship between agriculture and labiodentals highlighted by Dan and Paul.


Adam Tallman was awarded the Mary R. Haas Book Award - honorable mention of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas for his PhD entitled A Grammar of Chácobo, a southern Pano language of the northern Bolivian Amazon (PhD, University of Texas, Austin USA).


Elisa Demuru has been awarded the « Prize of the foreign post-doc 2019” of the Association des Amis de l'Université de Lyon. The award ceremony will take place on :

Thursday, 14 November from 18h to 20h in the Grand Amphitheatre of the University of Lyon, 90 rue Pasteur

preceded by 2 talks aimed at a general audience on the general topic of “What do animals say?”.

The event is open to all, but it is necessary to register ahead of time here


Shelece EASTERDAY was awarded the prestigious Joseph Greenberg Award of the Association for Linguistic Typology for her PhD thesis entitled Highly Complex Syllable Structure: A Typological Study of its Phonological Characteristics and Diachronic Development (PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA).

Shelece was invited to give a plenary talk on her work at the 13th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, which took place in Pavia, Italy (4-6 September 2019).


A nice echo in the media following the publication in the journal Science Advances of the article : "Different languages, similar encoding efficiency: comparable information rates across the human communicative niche." from Christophe Coupé, Yoon Mi Oh, Dan Dediu, François Pellegrino. (2019)

Non exhaustive list :

An article on the website Le Monde on September 10th 2019 : "Des langues différentes transmettent l’information au même débit".

An article on the website Le Télégramme on September 10th 2019 : "Langue. Quelle est la plus rapide pour passer un message ?".

An article on the website Le Progrès on September 5th 2019 : "Des chercheurs lyonnais font une découverte étonnante sur les langues".

An article on the website BFM TV on September 5th 2019 : "Des chercheurs lyonnais montrent que toutes les langues transmettent l’information à la même vitesse".

An article on the website Science et Avenir on September 4th 2019 : "A débit lent ou rapide, toutes les langues transmettent l’information à 39 bits par seconde".

An article on the website Lyon Capital on September 4th 2019 : "Les langues parlées rapidement, pas plus efficaces selon des lyonnais".


As part of the science village organized for the 80th anniversary of the CNRS at the Confluences Museum, the laboratory will be present to animate the game [kosmopoli:t] in connection with linguistic diversity.
Learn more about the game on the website of Tric Trac with this link.

You can meet us and play :
  • Thursday, 3rd, Friday, 4th October 2019 (school and general public)
  • Saturday, 5th, Sunday, 6th October 2019 (general public).

Come many! With your classmates, your friends, your familly!


Science size "XX Elles": this is what the CNRS, the ENS de Lyon and the association Femmes et sciences propose with this operation born in Toulouse and declined in Lyon and Paris.
Echoing the installation of portraits of women scientists on the square of the museum, two scientists will present their course and their activity including :
Elisa Demuru who will present her course and her activities on :
Friday, October 4th from 15:00 to 15:45 at the Museum of Confluences near high school students.


The laboratory will be present at science festival 2019 which will take place at the ENS on Thurday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th for school children and on Saturday, October 12th in the afternoon for general public.

Our workshops in a glance for the schoolchildren:

Brain and language 
where is language in the brain  ?
Child language acquisition 
how do we learn to speak  ?
Language diversity 
the incredible diversity of the world's languages  !
Sounds in language 
at the heart of sounds of the world's languages  !

On Saturday afternoon, come and challenge your knowledge on languages.


Interdisciplinary workshop on developmental language disorders (DLD) : from terminology to intervention delivery on :

Friday 18th of October 2019 at Université Lumière Lyon2, Amphi culturel campus porte des Alpes, Bron

Free registration before the 10th of October at the following address :

More about it : Pdf


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