Programme 2022

13 juin 2022 - 10h00 - 12h00

Areal perspectives on creole evolution

dans le cadre des projets Labex VC4/5 INALCO PLC 5.24 – 10h
Conférence de Kofi Yakpo (University of Hong Kong)
Decade-long disputes about the ontological nature of creoles have diverted resources and attention from a more pressing question: How do language families evolve and differentiate across geographic, functional-linguistic, and diachronic space when unfettered by standardization? The richly documented socio-history of creoles and abundant linguistic data hold some of the answers. I will show how the English-lexifier creoles of the Atlantic basin have been fashioned by migrations of founder populations, genealogical splits, acquisition by multilingual populations and language shift, interlectal cross-diffusion, and structural convergence with adstrate, substrate, and superstrate languages. Drawing on research on causatives (Yakpo 2017a), object pronouns (Yakpo 2019a), and copulas (Yakpo 2019b), I show how an areal perspective on creole evolution combining geography, socio-history, and linguistic analysis can inform our understanding of contact and change in the absence of institutional language engineering.

7 juin 2022
10 juin 2022 - Toute la journée

Séminaire en immersion

L’ensemble du laboratoire se réunira du 7 au 10 juin 2022.

3 juin 2022 - 10h00 - 12h00

Outcomes of prosodic contact

dans le cadre des projets Labex VC4/5 INALCO PLC 5.22 – 10h
Conférence de Kofi Yakpo (University of Hong Kong)
There is a widespread tendency to see tone as a crosslinguistically marked feature that gets lost in language contact (e.g. Salmons 1992; McWhorter 1998). Recent comparative work on the prosody of Afro-European contact varieties (i.e. creoles, pidgins, and nativized European languages in Africa and the Americas) shows no evidence that stress trumps tone (Bordal Steien & Yakpo 2020). Instead, Afro-European contact varieties are found along a continuum of prosodic systems ranging from tone to stress to mixed systems incorporating both. Following up on earlier research (e.g. Mintz 1971; Faraclas 2007), I discuss the macro-factors of socio-economic structure, demographic distribution and ideological superstructure in prosodic contact. Complemented by linguistic-typological factors, these have driven the outcomes of Afro-European prosodic contact. The fate of tone in Afro- European contact varieties underlines the need for caution, nuance and detailed analysis instead of broad claims relating to simplification in language contact and creolization

2 juin 2022 - 10h00 - 12h00

Social factors in language contact

dans le cadre des projets Labex VC4/5 INALCO PLC 5.24 – 10h
Conférence de Kofi Yakpo (University of Hong Kong)
Many see social factors as the most important determinants of the outcomes of language contact. Yet they are among the least theorized causes of linguistic change. Approaches either single out a specific factor without identifying its place in the bigger picture (e.g. “network density” in Trudgill 2011; or “demography” in Lupyan & Dale 2010), or are vague (e.g. “intense cultural pressure” in Thomason & Kaufman 1988). They fail to identify micro-, meso- and macro-social features and parameters and their causal relations with each other and therefore do not provide a structural analysis of social systems in determining contact outcomes. In this lecture, I will attempt to develop a multi-layered view of social factors in language contact, focusing on demography and socio-economic stratification, two factors that appear to be particularly relevant.

Programme 2022

30 mai 2022 - Toute la journée

Séjour de recherche au laboratoire

Kofi Yakpo (Univ Hong Kong) sera au SeDyL du 30 mai au 15 juin

30 mai 2022 - Toute la journée

Conseil de laboratoire

Audition des doctorant.e.s

24 mai 2022 - 9h30 - 17h00

40 ans autour de la notion de Pratiques langagières

Journée d’étude
Maison de la Recherche de l’INALCO – 9h30-17h00

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23 mai 2022 - 9h30 - 17h00

Resistance in Family Language Practices

Journée d’étude
Org. Suat Istanbullu
Maison de la Recherche de l’INALCO – 9h30-17h00

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20 mai 2022 - 9h00 - 11h00

Séminaire de recherche – Axe 2

Outre-mer et recherche en sciences sociales : jeux d’échelles et de souverainetés
Alexis VRIGNON (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, ITEM) : « Les mémoires des essais nucléaires en Polynésie française. Bilan et perspectives de recherche »

Discutante : Sarah Mohamed-Gaillard (INALCO, CESSMA)
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Inscription : https://framaforms.org/seminaire-outre-mer-vendredi-20-mai-2022-1641894746

13 mai 2022 - 14h30 - 17h30

Séminaire doctoral – Théories et données linguistiques

Animé par A. Donabédian et A. Mardale
Alice Ionescu (Université de Craiova) -> Résumé

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