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Comparative studies – Language-variation: grammatical & sociolinguistic issues

WP3. Morpho-phonological & morpho-syntactic variation (coord. Sabrina Bendjaballah, CNRS LLING & Azeb Amha, Leiden ASC)

One of the salient characteristics of the Afroasiatic languages is the fact that they use morphophonological processes to express various categories that are encoded in the syntax in other languages, e.g. Indo-European. For this reason, the questions pertaining to the morphophonological / morphosyntactic interface are crucial for a proper understanding of the grammar of these languages. ALL is expected to foster a fruitful interaction of phonologists and syntacticians, and thus to bring to light new generalizations on the intricate morphosyntactic systems of Afroasiatic languages.

Publications

  • Amazigh Bedar & Lucie Quellec. 2020. l-alternations in Taqbaylit. In: Krzysztof Jaskuła (ed.), Phonological and Phonetic Explorations 2020: 11-28.
  • David Le Gac & Sabrina Bendjaballah. 2020. Preboundary lengthening in Somali. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020: 156-160. DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-32
  • Radwa Fathi. accepted. Vowel length and Prominence in Cairene Arabic. In:
    Florian Breit, Yuko Yoshida and Connor Youngberg (eds.), Elements,
    Licensing and Government
    . London: UCL Press. 

Presentations

  • Amazigh Bedar & Lucie Quellec. 2020. The internal structure of /l/ in Taqbaylit. Morpho-Phonological Variation in Nantes, 17/01.
  • Radwa Fathi. 2020. La vocalisation des verbes sains en arabe égyptien. Séminaire de Linguistique Sémitique et Contact des Langues en Méditerranée, INALCO, Paris, 5/03.
  • Sabrina Bendjaballah & David Le Gac. 2020. The Acoustics of Somali Geminates. LabPhon 17, 6-8/07.
  • David Le Gac & Sabrina Bendjaballah. 2020. Preboundary lengthening in Somali. Speech Prosody 2020, 25/05-31/08.
  • Sabrina Bendjaballah & Saalim Saciid Shariif. 2020. Brève présentation du système sonore du somali. Formation à destination des travailleurs sociaux dans le cadre d’un partenariat avec l’association Rajo, 24/11.
  • Amazigh Bedar. 2020. La représentation phonologique du préfixe du réfléchi en kabyle. Issues of Amazigh Studies: The Challenges of Today and Tomorrow. Napoli-L’Orientale, 26-27/11.
  • Sabrina Bendjaballah & David Le Gac. 2021. On Somali Geminates. AFRA 2021, Frankfurt-online, 2/07.
  • Sabrina Bendjaballah & Martin Haiden. 2021. On the Causative of Intransitives in Somali: online judgment task, Somali Studies International Association (14th Congress), Jigjiga-online, 2/07.

Seminars

TSLThe Somali Language (with WP2)

  • Bendjaballah, Sabrina & Martin Haiden (LLING Nantes), The Causative of Intransitives in Somali, 10/03/2021.
  • Le Gac David (Univ. Rouen), On Somali Prosodic Structure, 13/04/2021.
  • Orwin, Martin (Napoli l’Orientale), Poetic speech melody in the modern performance of Somali poetry, 2/06/2021
  • Banti, Giorgio (Napoli l’Orientale), Sentential complements in Somali, 22/06/2021.
  • Nilsson, Morgan (Göteborg), How many inflectional forms does a Somali verb have?, 30/11/2021
  • Orwin, Martin (Napoli l’Orientale), Some thoughts on the structure of Somali metrical templates, 18/01/2022
  • Banti, Giorgio (Napoli l’Orientale), Of verbal nouns and agent nouns in Northern Somali, 22/02/2022

BLLBerber Languages and Linguistics (with WP4)

  • Kossmann, Maarten (Leiden University), Dialectology and the history of the Berber languages. Some preliminary thoughts, 4/05/2021
  • Belkadi, Aïcha (SOAS), Particles, auxiliaries and other verbal satellites in Berber: what we know and what we don’t, 30/09/2021
  • Ben Si Said, Samir (Centre de Recherche en Langues et Cultures Amazighes, Bejaïa), Données et analyses dialectologiques du syntagme prépositionnel en kabyle, 11/10/2021
  • Massinissa Garaoun (EPHE-LLACAN), Trames de contacts dans le berbère des Babors (Kabylie orientale, Algérie), 22/10/2021
  • Marijn van Putten (Leiden University), The reconstruction of the Proto-Berber Light Verbs with *u in the second syllable, 16/11/2021
  • Lameen Souag (LACITO CNRS), La morphologie adjectivale en berbère oriental, 28/01/2022
  • Valentina Schiattarella (Univ. Hamburg), Introduction de nouveaux référents dans les textes narratifs de quelques variétés berbères, 23/02/2022
  • Catherine Taine-Cheikh (LACITO CNRS), De la variation à la reconstruction : considérations sur le n(n) des constructions génitivales du berbère, 22/03/2022

Research stays

  • Samir Ben Si Said (Centre de Recherche en Langues et Cultures Amazighes, Bejaïa), Nantes, 9-11/10/2021
  • Samir Ben Si Said (Centre de Recherche en Langues et Cultures Amazighes, Bejaïa), Nantes, 5-8/10/2022

Conferences

Journée d’échanges, en collaboration avec l’Association Culturelle Berbère de Nantes, 09/10/201

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WP4. Language contact: Sociolinguistics, contact-induced change coord. Jairo Guerrerro, Catherine Miller, IREMAM & Maarten Kossmann, Leiden LUCL)

As most languages in the world, Afroasiatic languages experience various types of linguistic contact. This is particularly the case between Cushitic, Omotic and Semitic languages in the Horn of Africa, where the three families have co-existed for millennia. Contacts are also massive between Arabic and Nilo-Saharan languages in Africa, between Arabic and Berber languages in North Africa, and between Arabic and Modern South Arabian languages in the Arabian Peninsula. Language contact can be viewed as one of the triggering factors for linguistic change, and each of the situations above entails different degrees of linguistic heterogeneity raising important questions about the causes of contact-induced change.

Seminars

BLLBerber Languages and Linguistics (with WP3)

  • Kossmann, Maarten (Leiden University), Dialectology and the history of the Berber languages. Some preliminary thoughts, 4/05/2021.
  • Belkadi, Aïcha (SOAS), Particles, auxiliaries and other verbal satellites in Berber: what we know and what we don’t, 30/09/2021
  • Ben Si Said, Samir (Centre de Recherche en Langues et Cultures Amazighes, Bejaïa), Données et analyses dialectologiques du syntagme prépositionnel en kabyle, 11/10/2021
  • Massinissa Garaoun (EPHE-LLACAN), Trames de contacts dans le berbère des Babors (Kabylie orientale, Algérie), 22/10/2021
  • Marijn van Putten (Leiden University), The reconstruction of the Proto-Berber Light Verbs with *u in the second syllable, 16/11/2021
  • Lameen Souag (LACITO CNRS), La morphologie adjectivale en berbère oriental, 28/01/2022
  • Valentina Schiattarella (Univ. Hamburg), Introduction de nouveaux référents dans les textes narratifs de quelques variétés berbères, 23/02/2022
  • Catherine Taine-Cheikh (LACITO CNRS), De la variation à la reconstruction : considérations sur le n(n) des constructions génitivales du berbère, 22/03/2022

International workshop

  • Variation linguistique et diglossie dans les médias numériques arabophones, November 9 2021, organized by Rosa PENNISI & Jairo GUERRERO (Aix-Marseille Université/IREMAM)
  • with WP1 & WP3 : “ALLMAS” Paris Workshop on Arabic and the Ancient & Modern Languages of South Arabia, January 20, 21, 2022, co-organized by Almas (projet ANR19 CE27-0025) et ALL (IRN CNRS)

International conference

  • Ideologies, attitudes and social variables: their role in the variation and (socio)-linguistic change in Arabic vernaculars, Escuela de Estudios Arabes, CSIC, June 22-23 2021, organized by A. Vicente (UZ) & M. Benitez Fernandez (EEA, CSIC), Granada