Founded in 1994, the Dynamique Du Langage (DDL) research unit 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 research unit is structured around two research axes (DENDY and DILIS) and a transversal theme (COVALI).



The European Night of Researchers 2023 will take place on Friday, September 29, 2023. DDL will be represented in Saint-Étienne, at the Quartier Manufacture Cité du design, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Come meet the young researchers:
  • Laurène Barbier and Tessa Vermeir who will lead a workshop titled "Lingua Incognita". You can find them at the Centre des Savoirs pour l'Innovation.

  • Virgile Daunay who will lead a Theatre mediation module titled "We were, we are, we will be". You can find him at Building 242 East during the evening.
The entire program is available online.


Every year, the research unit Dynamique Du Langage participates in the Science Festival. This year, the research unit will be present on October 7th and 8th, 2023, for the general public, and on October 9th for schools.
  • Saturday, October 7th: Come and play to [kosmopoli:t] and discover baby sign language during a "Journey to the Center of Language" from 10am to 6pm on the Berges du RhĂ´ne Campus of the Lumière Lyon 2 University.
  • Sunday, October 8th: Explore "The Discovery of World Languages" by playing to [kosmopoli:t] and delve into linguistic diversity through workshops from 10am to 12pm at the OrliĂ©nas Library, Place François Blanc (69530). Reservation required.
  • Monday, October 9th: For school groups, DDL will lead "Adventures in Language Sciences" workshops at the Science Village at MSH Lyon throughout the day.


Alice Vittrant was featured in a video spotlight by the French Institute of Myanmar as part of their #ResearchThursdays series. Every last Thursday of each month, a French or Francophone researcher working on Myanmar is invited to share the results of their work.
You can find the video on the Facebook page of the French Institute of Myanmar or on the website 25images/shs.


Congratulations to Katarzyna Pisanski, winner of the 2023 CNRS Bronze Medal! "The bronze medal rewards initial research that has established a researcher as a specialist in their field. This distinction is a form of encouragement to pursue research that is already well underway and proving successful."

A synthesis of her work to read online.


Expansion : Second service

Second service, the triple expansion of the game [kosmopoli:t], is available since November 2022
More languages, more cooperation, drinks and a version for little chefs from 7 years old. Diversity of languages: a good idea for your Christmas gifts!


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