Annual Conferences

12-13/11/2020 – Kick-off Meeting

ALL’s kick-off meeting (originally scheduled on May 6-7 in Nantes) has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The new dates are November 12-13.

Members of the network : you can access the slide-decks of the kick-off meeting by clicking here


Thursday November 12 2020

12.30-13.30 Welcome and introduction

Strand 1. Areal Studies – The Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa
WP2. Music & language: Poetry in the Arabian Peninsula and in the Horn of Africa

13.30-13.45 Introduction, Julien Dufour (ENS-Ulm, Cefas, IEA Nantes)

13.45-14.30 Crafting Somali Language: Systematic and Artistic Use of Linguistic Sounds in Somali Poetry and Performance, Martin Orwin (Napoli L’Orientale)

14.30-14.45 Discussion

14.45-15.45 Round table

  • Some phonological issues about Somali prosody: word prominence, intonation and phrasal morphemic tones, David Le Gac (Univ. Rouen, Dylis)
  • The girayda poetic duel among the Cushitic Iraqw of Tanzania, Sandra Bleeker & Maarten Mous (Leiden Univ.,LUCL)
  • In the Workshop with a humorous Yemeni Vernacular Poet, Mark Wagner (Louisiana State Univ.)

15.45-16.15 Coffee Break

WP1. Understudied & endangered languages: A case study, Modern South Arabian

16.15-16.30 Introduction, Sabrina Bendjaballah (CNRS, Lling)

16.30-17.15 Re-examining Johnstone’s Harsusi Texts, Aaron D. Rubin (Penn State Univ.)

17.15-17.30 Discussion

17.30-18.30 Round table

  • The Omani Mehri consonant system, Sabrina Bendjaballah (CNRS, Lling)
  • The * ?V-pre fixed « broken plural » nominal patterns in Soqotri in the light of the MSA morphology of the « causative » verbal stem, Julien Dufour (ENS-Ulm, Cefas, IEA Nantes)
  • Preliminary notes on Mehri noun patterns, Anton Kungl (Univ. Nantes, Lling)
  • Le hobyot : description grammaticale d’une langue sudarabique moderne, Ali Manoubi (Univ. Paris 4, Cefas)

Friday November 13 2020

Strand 2. Comparative studies { Language-variation: grammatical & sociolinguis-
tic issues
WP4. Language contact: sociolinguistics, contact-induced change

9.30-9.45 Introduction, Catherine Miller (CNRS, Iremam)

9.45-10.30 On studying substrate. Thoughts about the Berber substrate in Jbala Arabic in Morocco, Maarten Kossmann (Univ. Leiden, LUCL)

10.30-10.45 Discussion

10.45-12.15 Round table

  • Modelling contact-induced language and dialect change: towards an integration, Chris Lucas (SOAS)
  • Morphosyntactic variation and contact (with focus on thetiques contructions), Stefano Manfredi (CNRS, Sedyl)
  • Accomodation linguistique entre arabophones, avancées et perspectives, Alexandrine Barontini (Inalco, Lacnad) & Marie-Aimee Germanos (Inalco, Cermom)
  • Dialect variation in a border region: exploring the nature of Berkani Arabic, Jairo Guerrero (AMU, Iremam)
  • Variation and social indexations in Moroccan Arabic, Jacopo Falchetta (Iremam)
  • Vernacular and Standard in contact, Rosa Pennisi (AMU, Iremam)
  • Language practices in Moroccan Radio. What can we learn in terms of contact, convergence, conventionalization and pragmatic strategies? Catherine Miller (CNRS, Iremam)

12.15-13.30 Lunch

WP3. Morpho-phonological & morpho-syntactic variation

13.30-13.45 Introduction, Sabrina Bendjaballah (CNRS, Lling)

13.45-14.30 Gender-marking in Omotic, Azeb Amha (Leiden Univ., ASC)

14.30-14.45 Discussion

14.45-15.45 Round table

  • Gender and Number in Omani Mehri, Radwa Fathi (Lling)
  • Aspects du marquage du réfléchi en berbere kabyle, Amazigh Bedar (Univ. Nantes, Lling)
  • Preliminary remarks on « strong » causatives in Somali, Sabrina Bendjaballah (Lling)
  • Morphosyntactic variation in female sociolects, Christophe Pereira (Inalco, Lacnad) & Angeles Vicente (Univ. Zaragoza)