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:


Conference on Small-scale Multilingualism

15-17 April 2019

This conference will take place at the Maison Internationale des Langues et Cultures in Lyon and is organized by the laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (DDL), the Laboratory of Linguistic Convergence (HSE, Moscow), and the Institute of Linguistics (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), with funding generously provided by the LabEx ASLAN.
Small-scale multilingualism (Lüpke 2016, Singer & Harris 2016) is typical for pre-colonial societies with small socio-political groups which have no overarching hierarchical political structure joining them.
The aim of the conference is to attract descriptive studies from lesser-known geographical locations and to develop a set of parameters for comparing different sociolinguistic settings across the world.
For more information on the conference, see: or contact Brigitte Pakendorf.


The laboratory took part in the 2018 Science Festival which took place at the ENS on October 11th and 12th for schoolchildren and on October 13th for the general public. .
Jennifer KRZONOWSKI presents our workshops in this video directed by Christian DURY.
Our workshops in a glance :

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  !


The work of our colleague Dan DEDIU (DDL) is highlighted on the site of the CNRS InSHS (Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences) of November 14, 2018 on global linguistic diversity that reflects the natural environment.

An article on the website of the CNRS Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the publication of the paper of Dan DEDIU on the journal Nature Human Behaviour "global linguistic diversity that reflects the natural environment"

Press review following the publication of the paper "Reducing language to rhythm: Amazonian Bora drummed language exploits speech rhythm for long-distance communication" in the Royal Society Open Science online journal, by Frank SEIFART (DDL) and Julien MEYER (GIPSA-lab) :

Online news from France 3 auvergne-rhône-alpes network "Quand deux chercheurs du CNRS de Grenoble et de Lyon décryptent les messages des tambours d'Amazonie"
Online news from the Figaro newspaper "En Amazonie la langue des tambours permet de se parler à des kilomètres"


Applications are invited for a 12-month full-time (with possible 12-month extension) Postdoctoral Position in cognitive neuroscience, to work on a fMRI project conducted by Alice Roy and Véronique Boulenger (DENDY team), in collaboration with Claudio Brozzoli (Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre), on the functional role of the motor system in foreign language processing. Click here for further information. Contact : and


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