Created in 1994, the laboratory “Dynamique Du Langage” explores the link between the diversity of the thousands of languages spoken throughout the world and the universality of human language ability. This research is at the heart of major societal issues, such as understanding the linguistic development of the child and the pathologies of language, the issue of documentation and the vitality of languages, or the search for the origins of language. The laboratory is structured around three research areas :

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The laboratory took part in the 2018 Science Festival which took place at the ENS on October 11th and 12th for schoolchildren and on October 13th for the general public. .
Jennifer KRZONOWSKI presents our workshops in this video directed by Christian DURY.
Our workshops in a glance :

Brain and language 
where is language in the brain  ?
Child language acquisition 
how do we learn to speak  ?
Language diversity 
the incredible diversity of the world's languages  !
Sounds in language 
at the heart of sounds of the world's languages  !


Press review following the publication of the paper "Reducing language to rhythm: Amazonian Bora drummed language exploits speech rhythm for long-distance communication" in the Royal Society Open Science online journal, by Frank SEIFART (DDL) and Julien MEYER (GIPSA-lab) :

Online news from France 3 auvergne-rhône-alpes network "Quand deux chercheurs du CNRS de Grenoble et de Lyon décryptent les messages des tambours d'Amazonie"
Online news from the Figaro newspaper "En Amazonie la langue des tambours permet de se parler à des kilomètres"


Applications are invited for a 12-month full-time (with possible 12-month extension) Postdoctoral Position in cognitive neuroscience, to work on a fMRI project conducted by Alice Roy and Véronique Boulenger (DENDY team), in collaboration with Claudio Brozzoli (Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre), on the functional role of the motor system in foreign language processing. Click here for further information. Contact : and


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