Presentations

2019-09-11. Bena-Mboi is Benue-Congo. (with Mark Van de Velde). Adamawa Conference (Mainz, Germany). [slides]

2019-09-09. Tonal reconstruction of Bena-Yungur: depressor consonants and directionality of tonal interactions. (with Mark Van de Velde). Adamawa Conference (Mainz, Germany). [slides]

2019-09-06. A single feature approach to linguistic areas: labial-velars and the prehistory of the Macro-Sudan belt. (with Mark Van de Velde). 13th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (Pavia, Italy). [slides]

2018-11-29. The relation between agreement classes and noun form (morphological) classes. (with Mark Van de Velde). Workshop "Gender across Niger-Congo" (Berlin, Germany). [slides]

2018-11-23. Proto Bantu question words. Reconstructing Proto-Bantu Grammar (Ghent, Belgium). [slides]

2018-09-03. Isomorphism, conversion and lability in Mande verbal morphosyntax: big consequences of small changes. Syntax of the World’s Languages VIII (Paris, France). [slides]

2018-05-26. Mande tonal reconstruction: making sense of tonal asymmetries between word classes and word shapes. 23. Afrikanistentag (Hamburg, Germany). [slides]

2018-04-18. Tonal asymmetries between word classes and word shapes as a key to tonal reconstruction. 5th International Conference on Mande Languages and Linguistics (Villejuif, France). [slides]

2018-02-03. An areal typology of clause-final negation markers in northern sub-Saharan Africa and their historical relation with phasal polarity expressions. The expression of phasal polarity in sub-Saharan African languages (Hamburg, Germany). [slides]

2017-08-29. Results of the first AdaGram survey in Adamawa and Taraba States, Nigeria. (with Mark Van de Velde, Tope Olagunju and Bitrus Andrew). 47th Colloquim on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL) (Leiden, Netherlands). [slides]

2017-07-11. The lexical frequency of labial-velar stops as a window on the linguistic prehistory of northern sub-Saharan Africa. (with Mark Van de Velde). Workshop "Language shift and substratum interference in (pre)history" (Jena, Germany). [slides]

2016-11-03. The AdaGram project and the RCNL. (with Mark Van de Velde). Jos Linguistics Circle 10th anniversary colloquium (Jos, Nigeria).

2016-09-01. Implications of the lexical frequency of labial-velar stops in northern sub-Saharan Africa for Niger-Congo reconstruction. (with Mark Van de Velde). Towards Proto-Niger-Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction (2nd International Congress) (Paris, France). [slides]

2016-08-17. Development of TAM and polarity marking conditioned by transitivity status in Western Mande. Syntax of the World’s Languages VII (Mexico City, Mexico). [slides]

2016-06-21. Stem-initial accent and C-emphasis prosody in north-western Bantu. (with Mark Van de Velde). 6th International Conference on Bantu Languages (Helsinki, Finland). [slides (with embedded soundfiles)]

2016-05-23. Innovative technologies for under-resourced language documentation: The BULB Project. (with Sebastian Stüker, Gilles Adda, Martine Adda-Decker, Odette Ambouroue, Laurent Besacier, David Blachon, Hélène Bonneau-Maynard, Elodie Gauthier, Pierre Godard, Fatima Hamlaoui, Guy-Noël Kouarata, Lori Lamel, Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso, Markus Müller, Annie Rialland, Mark Van de Velde, François Yvon, and Sabine Zerbian). Workshop CCURL 2016 - Collaboration and Computing for Under-Resourced Languages - LREC (Portoroz, Slovenia).

2016-03-26. The lexical frequency of labial-velar stops in northern sub-Saharan Africa and its historical implications. (with Mark Van de Velde). Workshop "Areal features and linguistic reconstruction in Africa". 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (Berkeley, US). [slides]

2016-03-26. Stem-initial accent and C-emphasis prosody in north-western Bantu. (with Mark Van de Velde). Workshop "Areal features and linguistic reconstruction in Africa". 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (Berkeley, US).

2016-01-23. La fréquence lexicale des occlusives labio-vélaires dans le nord de l’Afrique sub-saharienne. (with Mark Van de Velde). Journée scientifique de la Société Linguistique de Paris "Linguistique africaine: perspectives croisées" (Paris, France).

2015-08-23. Areal features in northern sub-Saharan Africa: introduction. (with Mark Van de Velde). Workshop "Areal Phenomena in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa". 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (Kyoto, Japan). [slides]

2015-08-21. Morphological classes and gender in ɓə́ná (Yungur). (with Mark Van de Velde). 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (Kyoto, Japan). [slides]

2015-08-28. Explaining the intransitive L tone in Greater Manding: a form with(out) a function. 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (Naples, Italy). [slides]

2015-03-26. Morphological classes and gender in ɓə́ná (Yungur). (with Mark Van de Velde). 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (Eugene, US).

2015-03-26. Tonal marking of intransitive predications in Manding-Mokole as a result of language contact. 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (Eugene, US).

2014-05-31. Pre-pausal and phrase-internal post-coronal [t] and [s] epenthesis in a variety of Nigerian English. 22nd Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester (Manchester, UK). [handout]

2014-03-22. Collaborative approaches to the grammatical analysis and linguistic documentation of the language of Africa. (with Mark Van de Velde). 1st Linguistics and African Languages International Conference, Kwara State University (Malete, Nigeria).

2014-03-12. A typology of non-selective interrogative pronominals: formal and functional differentiation and issues in diachrony. Recherches actuelles en typologie linguistique de l’Asie orientale, CRLAO-CNRS (Paris, France). [slides]

2014-02-06. Collaborative projects: three ongoing African experiments. (with Mark Van de Velde & Odette Ambouroue). Workshop "Documentation des langues en danger: approches qualitatives, expérimentales et participatives", Labex EFL, INALCO (Paris, France).

2012-11-12. Three areal phenomena in northern sub-Saharan Africa: clause-final negation, possessee-like qualifiers and stem-initial consonant length. (with Mark Van de Velde). Workshop "Typologie: phonologie et syntaxe", Labex EFL, INALCO (Paris, France).

2012-08-23. On the history of clause-final negation in the Mande languages of the Bani - upper Mouhoun rivers area. Workshop "The history of post-verbal negation in African languages". 7th World Congress of African Linguistics, University of Buea (Buea, Cameroon). [slides]

2011-09-15. Clause-final negative markers in Bambara dialects: a contact-induced evolution. 3rd International Conference on Mande Languages (Paris, France). [slides]

2011-09-14. Deproprial plural and associative in the Bambara of Segu region. 3rd International Conference on Mande Languages (Paris, France). [slides]

2011-07-27. The instability of Eastern Mayan interrogative pronominals: interrogative pronominals as complex constructions. Workshop "Stability & borrowability of interrogative pronominals", 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (Osaka, Japan). [slides]

2011-07-26. Explaining clause-final negation in northern sub-Saharan Africa. 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (Osaka, Japan). [slides]

2011-01-29. Designing Manding spoken corpora. Workshop on The Bamana electronic corpus project (Paris, France). [slides]

2010-11-13. Grammaticalization of clause-final negative markers in Bamana dialects. International Conference on Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification (Brussels, Belgium). [slides]

2010-10-08. Non-selective interrogative pronominals, categorical presuppositional meanings of proper names and propriality. International conference on the ‘Grammar of Proper Names - A Typological Perspective’, University of Regensburg (Regensburg, Germany). [slides]

2010-09-25. Clause-final negation as a Macro-Sudan areal feature. Syntax of the World’s Languages IV (Lyon, France). [slides]

2009-11-04. Person-number agreement on quotative complementizers in Mande. CGCT meeting, University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium).

2009-09-09. Quotative markers in Western Mande. Societas Linguistica Europaea 42nd Annual Meeting, Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal). [slides]

2009-08-18. Inflected quotative complementizers in Mande. World Congress of African Linguistics 6, Universität Köln (Cologne, Germany).

2009-07-25. Non-human animates and non-selective interrogative pronominals. 8th biennial meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology, University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, USA). [poster]

2009-06-13. Person-number agreement with complementizers in Mande. Morphology of the World’s Languages, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). [slides]

2008-10-04. Egyptian non-selective interrogative pronominals: history and typology. Language typology and Egyptian-Coptic linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). [slides]

2008-09-16. La dérivation déoblique: une nouvelle catégorie de réduction de la valence. 2nd Conference on Mande Language and Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia). [slides]

2008-04-19. A new “voice” from Africa: deobliquative. 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Georgia (Athens, USA).

2007-09-26. Deobliquative: a new valence-decreasing category. 7th biennial meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Ministère de la Recherche (Paris, France). [slides]

2007-05-10. Lack of differentiation between ‘who?’ and ‘what?’ in Bantu. International conference Bantu languages: analysis, description and theory, Göteborgs Universitet (Göteborg, Sweden).

2006-03-30. Rare and nonexistent interrogative pro-word types: interrogative pro-verbs & Co. Rara & Rarissima – Collecting and interpreting unusual characteristics of human languages, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). [slides, slides+comments]

2006-02-24. The identity of WHO? and WHAT? in South America: an areal feature?. Workshop on Current issues in areal typology at the 28th annual meeting of the German Association for Linguistics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft), Universität Bielefeld (Bielefeld, Germany).

2005-07-22. Explaining the lack of formal differentiation between WHO? and WHAT? and between WHO? and WHERE?. 6th Biennial meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology (Padang, Indonesia).

2005-07-05. Antigrammaticalization or antimorphologization? An example from Tura. New Reflections on grammaticalization 3, University of Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

2004-08-10. (with Johan van der Auwera) On interrogative pro-verbs. Workshop on the Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions, ESSLLI 16, Université Henri Poincaré (Nancy, France).

2004-05-02. (with Johan van der Auwera) Nominalization as a question formation strategy in Tucanoan. 7th Workshop on American Indigenous Languages, University of California at Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, USA).

2004-04-09. (with Johan van der Auwera) Deverbal nominals as questions. International Conference on Deverbal Nouns, Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3 (Lille, France).

2004-03-29. Exceptional morphology of the Tura numerals (an Eastern Mande language). Workshop on Numerals in the World’s languages, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany).

2003-10-17. La détermination des limites des mots: l'exemple de l'orthographe toura. Colloque sur les langues mandé de Côte d’Ivoire, Institut de Linguistique Appliquée de l’Université de Cocody (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire).

2003-10-16. Du statut et du semantisme des verbes en -LA en toura et dans les autres langues mande-sud. Colloque sur les langues mandé de Côte d’Ivoire, Institut de Linguistique Appliquée de l’Université de Cocody (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire).

2003-05-23. Valence locative des verbes de déplacement spatial en toura (langue mandé-est, Côte d’Ivoire). “Trajectoire”: Journées d’Études CERLITYP, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Lyon, France).

2002-06-19. Kinship terminology of Tura (South Mande). Mande Studies Association conference. Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (Leiden, the Netherlands).

2001-05-17. Linguistic geography of Tura (a Mande language of Ivory Coast) [in Russian]. 13th Annual International Conference on African Studies in memory of D.A. Olderogge (St. Petersburg, Russia).

2000-05-12. Towards a definition of word in Tura and some implications for the practical orthography. Round-table on Lexicology and comparison in Mande languages with special emphasis on Eastern Mande, Universität Zürich (Zurich, Germany).

1999-05-07. The operator tùn in Bamana and the conditions of its usage [in Russian]. Annual International Conference on African Studies in memory of D.A. Olderogge (St. Petersburg, Russia).

1998-05-06. A preliminary analysis of the aspecto-temporal semantics of the Bamana predicative markers [in Russian]. Annual International Conference on African Studies in memory of D.A. Olderogge (St. Petersburg, Russia).