Journée d’étude : Indexicalités et jeux de langage, perspectives anthropologiques : sociale et linguistique

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Organised by LACITO and LLACAN
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5th International Conference on Mande Languages and Linguistics

18-20 April 2018
Organised by LLACAN.
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  January 2018  
  • Journée d’étude du programme TUL « Similitude »         
  • Conseil de labo prévisionnel BUDGET - 9H30 salle 123         

Conference ACBLPE

11-14 June 2018
Organised by University Assane Seck of Ziguinchor, LLACAN and Sédyl.
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African Languages and Linguistics journal (LLA)

LLA is an international journal for African linguistics published by our research unit.
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Presentation of the research unit

The research unit Langage, langues et cultures d’Afrique noire (“Languages and cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa”) (LLACAN, UMR 8135) was founded in 1994 and is affiliated to the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations (INALCO). LLACAN is one of the research units that constitute the excellence cluster Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (Labex EFL). The research unit is a member of the Federation for Linguistic Typology and Universals (Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques) of the CNRS (FR 2559) since its foundation. Our research unit is also a member of the consortium CORLI (Corpus, Languages, Interaction) and the multidisciplinary Association of Scientific Interest for African Studies (GIS Etudes Africaines).

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LLACAN is organised around three interacting research themes: 1) Grammatical analysis and typology, 2) Comparison, typology and reconstruction and 3) Literature in African languages, literature theory and linguistic practices.
Our research is based on primary data collected during extended periods of immersion fieldwork in Africa. Our projects focus on the documentation and analysis of the linguistic and ethnolinguistic features of languages of Sub-Saharan Africa, many of which are endangered, without a writing tradition and little known, as well as the analysis of oral and written literature produced in local languages, allowing special access to the cultural background they convey.

Our research is embedded in the larger theoretical frameworks of comparative and historical linguistics, cognitive linguistics and typology. This enables us to contribute to the understanding of human language, culture and cognition. We also examine the relationships between African languages in terms of their historical development and genetic links as well as of contact-induced changes in languages of the same geographical zone.
The example of African languages enables us to lay the foundation for understanding the reasons and mechanisms of language change and language shift in general.