[RNLD] Call for papers - From field to theory: 40 years of LACITO - Deadline 24 June

Lameen Souag lameen at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 18:15:46 EDT 2016

(apologies for cross-posting)

Call for papers
*From field to theory: 40 years of LACITO*
CNRS, Villejuif, 15-17 November 2016

In 2016, the department LACITO “Langues et civilisations à tradition orale”
(LACITO, French National Center for Scientific Research – Paris 3 Sorbonne
Nouvelle – INALCO) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. We are marking the
occasion with a conference bringing together colleagues from throughout the
discipline. LACITO was founded in 1976 by Jacqueline M.C. Thomas, with help
from André-Georges Haudricourt.
The documentation and description of unwritten languages within their
cultural contexts has always been at the core of its activities. LACITO has
played a pioneering role in the gathering, processing, and diffusion of
data on previously little-known languages. Our members have published
grammars and dictionaries of many dozens of languages, along with a number
of oral literature collections.
All together, we have studied more than 200 languages from many different
families: Abkhazo-Adyghean, Afroasiatic, Arawakan, Austroasiatic,
Austronesian, Basque, Cariban, Dravidian, Eskimo-Aleut, Hmong-Mien,
Indo-European, Japonic, Kartvelian, Korean, Nakh-Daghestanian, Niger-Congo,
Oto-Manguean, Uralic, Sino-Tibetan, Songhay, Tai-Kadai, Tucanoan, Tupi.
Since 1994 our field recordings have been made available through the
Pangloss Collection, an online archive of glossed and translated audio
In both linguistics and anthropology, the comparative dimension (diachronic
and synchronic) occupies a key position in LACITO’s research. Our
comparative studies started out by addressing historical developments and
universal laws governing change. In recent decades, the typological
perspective has opened up further research domains in phonology,
morphology, syntax, and semantics, which we have explored and helped to
Finally, French ethnolinguistics at LACITO has developed and oriented
itself towards dialogue pragmatics and linguistic anthropology. In this
domain, LACITO has distinguished itself by adopting multiple paradigms
(discourse practices, speech events and utterance events, speech
situations, activity types) and by exploring the cognitive dimension of
discourse tropes. Particular attention has been paid to musical forms,
lyrics, lexical taxonomies, and ethnoscience.
Over the years, LACITO has produced a total of 525 books: 379 monographs
(grammars, dictionaries, etc.) and 146 collective works (see
We invite submissions from interested researchers, whether or not they have
been linked to LACITO, related to any of the following themes:
1. Language description
- Methods of data collection: uses and limitations (questionnaires,
audio/video recording, experiments…)
- Language documentation (corpus processing and annotation, archival,
- Creating dictionaries and grammars
2. Historical and typological comparison
- Historical linguistics (reconstruction, genealogy, language contact)
- Typological generalisations (universals, tendencies, rarissima…)
- Typology of language change (grammaticalization, panchrony…)
3. Ethnolinguistics and linguistic anthropology
- Dialogue and reported discourse
- Speech events and speech situations
- Sociolinguistic ethnography
Each theme will be introduced by a guest speaker (45 minutes).
Communications will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of
Proposals (title+abstract) relating to one of the three themes above should
be submitted to *lacitocnrs at gmail.com <lacitocnrs at gmail.com>* by Friday 24
June 2016.
Scientific committee: Sandra Bornand (LLACAN), Guillaume Jacques (CRLAO),
Bertrand Masquelier (LACITO), Alexis Michaud (LACITO), Samia Naïm (LACITO)
Organizing committee: Lameen Souag, Anne Behaghel-Dindorf, Isabelle Leblic
and René Lacroix
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