LACIM2022 International Conference

Dates :
Mercredi 16 novembre 2022 - 09:00 - Vendredi 18 novembre 2022 - 17:00
Lieu :
Inalco, PLC (65, rue des Grands Moulins - 75013 Paris ) - 4.24, 7.02, 3.15 - En ligne
Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles.

The first international conference organized by the European network on linguistics and languages of the Anatolia-Caucasus-Iran-Mesopotamia area (LACIM) will be held in Paris from 16 to 18 November, 2022.

LACIM is a European network of linguists engaged in research on the languages ​​of Anatolia, the Caucasus, Iran and Mesopotamia. We are primarily interested in the interplay of contact and heritage that has shaped the region's current linguistic ecology, through millennia of interaction. As such, our research program transcends the boundaries of the different language families that are present in the region and pursues an interdisciplinary approach.

LACIM has developed from workshops held at Inalco/Labex EFL in Paris in 2018 and 2019. The network became operational in 2020 with various activities (webinar, course).
LACIM International Conference

​Scientific Comittee
  • Christiane Bulut (Nikosia)
  • Anaid Donabedian-Demopoulos (Paris)
  • Geoffrey Haig (Bamberg)
  • Geoffrey Khan (Cambridge)
  • Pollet Samvelian (Paris)
  • Stavros Skopeteas (Göttingen)
  • Nina Sumbatova (Moscow)

Organizing Comittee
  • Samuel Chakmakjian (SeDyL, ErTim, Inalco)
  • Anaïd Donabédian-Demopoulos (SeDyL, Inalco)
  • Pollet Samvelian (Sorbonne Nouvelle, LATTICE)
  • Milad Shariatmadari (CEMI, Inalco)


Wednesday November 16, 2022 - Room 4.24

9:30 - Nina Sumbatova Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Verbal roots and the expression of aspect in Dargwa

10:00 - Zaira Khalilova, Madjid Khalilov & Yakov Testelets Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Degrees of Agentivity in Bezhta

10:30 - Zarina Molochieva, Pegah Gaghiri & Eva van Lier University of Amsterdam
The bi-absolutive construction in Chechen: a comparison of two corpora and elicitation

11:00 - Coffe break

11:30 - Talia Tahtadjian University of Ottawa
Phonetic interference in the production of stops by Western Armenian bilinguals

12:00 - Geoffrey Khan University of Cambridge
Pharyngealization in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic

12:30 - Lunch

13:45 - Aigul Zakirova HSE University
Adjectival number agreement in East Caucasian: an overview

14:15 - Pegah Faghiri University of Amsterdam
Optional subject indexing in Modern Persian

14:45 - Filip Larsson Lund University
Affixation in the Caucasus - a quantitative typological approach

15:15 - Coffe break

16:00 - George Moroz Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, NRU HSE, Samira Verhees
Comparative dictionary database: borrowings in Andic languages

16:30 - Zaira Khalilova Institute of linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Verbal borrowings in the Tsezic languages

17:00 - Massoud Mohammadirad University of Cambridge
Body-Part Loans in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects


Thursday, November 17, 2022 - Room 4.24

9:30 - Shuan Karim The Ohio State University
Definiteness, DOM, and Ezafat: the reflexes of Proto-Indo-Iranian k-form evaluative suffixes

10:00 - Laurentia Schreiber University of Bamberg
Contact-induced morpho-syntactical change in Romeyka

10:30 - Irina Lobzhanidze Ilia State University
Combined approach to the morphosyntactic annotation of Old and Modern Georgian

11:00 - Coffe break

11:30 - Sarah M. Dopirelala Goethe University Frankfurt
An Abkhaz perspective on "converb" as a cross-linguistic term

12:00 - Agnes Grond University of Graz
Independent personal pronouns and pronominal clitics in the Haymana variety of Şexbizinî

12:30 - Paul Noorlander University of Cambridge
Oral narrative style in Kurdish and Aramaic from an areal perspective

13:00 - Lunch 

14:15 - Alexandru Craevschi University of Bamberg
Historical contingency and typological tendencies in Western Asia: A quantitative study of word order of non-subject elements

14:45 - Geoffrey Haig University of Bamberg; Dorota Molin & Paul Noorlander University of Cambridge
Tracing the VO-to-OV shift across Northeastern Neo-Aramaic: quantitative and qualitative analyses

15:15 - Dorota Molin University of Cambridge
Intransitive word order in Neo-Aramaic and its implications for typology and diachronic change

15:45 - Coffe break

16:00 - Anaïd Donabédian-Demopoulos Inalco; Tabita Toparlak Boğaziçi University
Western Armenian: information structure and postpredicate elements

16:30 - Victoria Khurshudyan Inalco; Pollet Samvelian Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle
Postverbal arguments in Modern Eastern Armenian: A corpus-based study

17:00 - Stavros Skopeteas University of Göttingen
Distinguishing tonal events within word-final stress: focus and question intonation in Eastern Armenian


Friday, November 18, 2022 - Zoom morning session - room 7.02

9:30 - Viachelsav Chirikba Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Early 19th Century linguistic records of Abkhaz and Adigue by the Armenian monk Minas Bzhshkyan

10:00 - Qandeel Hussain & Geoffrey Haig University of Bamberg
Mapping the place and laryngeal typology of stop consonants in Iranian: Language contact and sound change

10:30 - Mohammad Rasekh-Mahand, Fariba Sabouro & Mehdi Parizadeh Bu-Ali Sina University
Forty years after Frommer; Another look at post-predicate elements in Modern colloquial Persian

11:00 - Coffe break

11:30 - Mehrad Naghzguy-Kohan Bu-Ali Sina University
Similative plurals in Western Iranian languages

12:00 - Katherine Hodgson University of Cambridge
The Armenian dialect of Agulis and langauge contact in the Araxes-Iran area

12:30 - Hossep Dolatian Stony Brook University; Katherine Hodgson University of Cambridge; Tom Meadows Queen Mary University of London
Prosodically-conditioned relative clause extraposition in Western Armenian

Related event: We invite all conference participants to join us for a session of the doctoral seminar "Théories et données linguistiques" hosted by the research laboratory SeDyL
(Structure et dynamique des langues).

Room 3.15

14:30-16:00 - Peter Arkadiev University of Zurich
Non-canonical noun incorporation in Northwest Caucasian (with focus on Abaza)


Contacts :
Pollet Samvelian -
Anaïd Donabédian-Demopoulos -