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).

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PHD OPPORTUNITIE

The laboratory is recruiting a PhD student for a period of 36 months. The PhD dissertation, supervised by Nina Dobrushina, will be written within a project studying the areal diffusion of optatives in the languages of the Caucasus. The candidate could focus on the geographical distribution of optatives in the Caucasus, the expressions of wishes in specific regions like Tibet, or a comparative typological approach.

The detailed description of the thesis topic and application procedures can be found HERE.

Important dates:
  • Application submission deadline: July 08, 2024
    Send applications to nina.dobrushina@cnrs.fr
  • July 2024: Eligibility review
  • 15/07/2024: Online interviews

POSITION - Research Engineer

The laboratory is offering one contractf of Research Engineer in geography part-time (50%) of 24 months as part of the ERC project "LANGUAGE REDUX" led by Matthias Urban.
  • The contract involves creating and managing a workflow for digital, polygon-based language distribution data, digitizing legacy sources to refine language ranges in the Americas, and assisting team members with GIS tools. Additionally, it includes preparing data for online publication following FAIR principles, maintaining a GitHub repository, and contributing actively to the overall success of the team.
Important Date:
  • Application deadline: June 21, 2024
Details of the contract and the application procedure are available: here.


PHD OPPORTUNITIES

The laboratory is offering two doctoral contracts as part of the ERC project "LANGUAGE REDUX" led by Matthias Urban. These PhD opportunities fall within the field of linguistics, with a focus on language geography and historical linguistics.
  • For the first contract, the successful applicant will investigate processes in which the areas where languages are spoken shrink, and the changes the languages undergo during the process. The focus will be on Eurasia.
    Thanks to the attestation of languages up to several millennia in the past, the continent is particularly suited for long-term investigation.

  • For the second contract, the successful applicant will investigate processes in which the areas in which languages are spoken shrink, and the changes the languages undergo during the process. The focus will be on language isolates, which, as the last members of lineages, are a particularly important class of languages in this context.
Important Date:
  • Application deadline: June 21, 2024
Details of both contracts and the application procedure are available: here and here.


Exploring the work of Rosa Illán


Rosa Illán Castillo, a new postdoctoral researcher in the COVALI transversal theme, has recently published an article for the general public in The Conversation discussing why space metaphors help us understand time.

This article, originally written in Spanish, has been translated into English and into Portuguese.


Interviews with our research fellows at Collegium de Lyon


Listen to the interviews (in French) in the form of podcasts with Luca Cucci et Michael Daniel, fellows at Collegium de Lyon in 2023-24 and affiliated with DDL here:
  • Luca Ciucci embarks on the search for ancient Zamuco between Bolivia and Paraguay.
  • Michael Daniel takes us on a study of linguistic typology in the surprising diversity of the languages of Dagestan.

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