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jeu. 29/11/2018 Séminaire du laboratoire
Reducing language to rhythm: Bora drum communication
Frank Seifart (CNRS-DDL)
10h-11h30
ISH - Espace Marc Bloch

The Bora from the northwest Amazon transmit messages across long distances by emulating tonal and rhythmic patterns of spoken Bora in sequences of drumbeats. But the two phonological tones represented in drummed Bora encode only few lexical contrasts. Therefore, rhythmic patterns play a crucial role: Four rhythmic units are encoded in the length of pauses between beats, which correspond to vowel-to-vowel intervals with different numbers of consonants and vowel lengths. To avoid remaining ambiguities (tonally and rhythmically identical ‘drum homophones’), Bora drummed messages are constructed following fairly strict schemes and various rhythmically distinct markers are applied to distinguish words. Bora drummed speech provides novel evidence for the role of rhythmic structures in the complex puzzle concerning the redundancy and distinctiveness of acoustic features embedded in speech.


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ven. 30/11/2018 Séminaire DTT - Atelier Typologie sémantique
Jin-Ke Song (DDL)
14h - 15h30
ISH - salle André Frossard

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ven. 07/12/2018 Séminaire DTT - Atelier Typologie sémantique
Andreas Busi (University of Pavia)
14h-15h30
ISH - salle André Frossard
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ven. 14/12/2018 Séminaire DTT - Atelier Morphosyntaxe
14h-16h
ISH, salle Frossard

Colette Grinevald (DDL): "About a “working typology” of classification systems: the challenge of NW Amazonian systems" NW Amazonian systems of nominal classifications have posed a challenge to the establishment of a typology of classification systems since the early work of Derbyshire and Payne (1990). Various positions have been taken to characterize them (Aikhenvald 2003, Seifart and Payne 2007 inter alia). The talk will address the concept of a working typology that situates the diverse propositions in time/space as well as sociolinguistic context (Grinevald and Seifart 2004), consider the widespread ongoing terminological confusion (Grinevald 2000, 2015) and offer some ways of finding a place for the hybrid systems typical of the region within a general typology of classification systems.


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