Seminars in Linguistics by Departments Participating in CELISO

For seminars in Slavic linguistics, please visit the Slavic Studies Department website.

For seminars in German linguistics (university school year 2022-2023 and university school year 2021-2022), Master 2, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, please visit the German and Nordic Studies Department website.

Training seminars

Seminar on “Linguistic Change: from Yesterday to Today”. 14 January 2022, 2pm – 4 pm (remote)

  • 2pm:  Mechthild Habermann, University of Erlangen (presentation in German): Diachrone Wortbildung und Konstruktionsgrammatik: Entwicklung der Verben mit um- vom Althochdeutschen bis zur Gegenwartssprache
  • 3pm: Sonia Cristofaro, Sorbonne University (presentation in French): The Distinction between the Singular and the Plural and Hierarchical Animacy from a Diachronic Perspective

Seminars Sub-area Discourse, Domains and Specialised Milieus


  • Michel Van der Yeught: Wednesday 17 February 2021, 2pm – 4pm, How to Theorise English for Specific Purposes? The Case for an Intentional Approach: Progression, Results, Questions and a Hands-on Workshop
  • Séverine Wozniak: Thursday 1 April 2021, 10am – 12pm, An Ethnographic Approach to Specialised Professional Languages
  • Laurence Harris: Wednesday 5 May 2021, 10am – 12pm, Ritual and Specialised Discourse



Methodological Questions in Linguistics

  • Doctoral Seminar in Linguistics
  • Sorbonne University, CELISO, 2023-2024
  • Delphine Pasques,
  • Location: Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, Centre Malesherbes, Room 108
  • Dates:  6 October, 1 December, 2 February, 1 March, 26 April

This year, the seminars will focus on methodological questions in historical and modern linguistics. At each session, there will be two presentations on the methodological aspects of scientific work that is either in progress or completed. Depending on the session, speakers could include PhD students, pre-doctoral students, post-doctorates or colleagues.

6 October 2023

  • Paper by Salomé FABRY, Sorbonne University, “Analytical Methods for Absolute Constructions in the Tatian (830)”
  • Paper by Thomas Sähn (Sorbonne University): “A Semio-structuralist Approach to Narrative Discourse: Intersubjective Readings Underpinning the Narrative”

1 December 2023

  • Paper by Audrey Mathys (Free University of Brussels), “Making the Explicit Implicit: on the Role of Latin in Medieval German Morphosyntactic Description”
  • Paper by Nathalie Balent (Sorbonne Nouvelle University), “Spatial Adverbs in Old High German: Methodology and Working Hypotheses”

2 February 2024

  • Conference by Hugo Carbonnelle (Sorbonne University): “Methodological Reflections on Reconstruction in Historical Linguistics”. Zoom link (meeting ID: 925 9178 7848 ; Secret code: 235106)

1 March 2024

  • Paper by Dominique Dias (Sorbonne University): “Contrastive Analysis of Referential Chains: Annotation Methods and Data Protection”
  • Paper by Alexia Jingand (University of Strasbourg and University of Lorraine): “Lexicometry and Activism: the Resistance of the German Ecological Activist Movement: Last Generation”

26 April 2024

  • Paper by Delphine Choffat (Sorbonne University): title TBA
  • Paper by Carole Werner (University of Strasbourg): title TBA

Doctoral Seminar in German Linguistics 2022-2023 (Fridays 10am-12pm)

Led by Delphine Pasques (SU) and Anne Larrory (P3)

Key Dates

  • 12 May 2023 PhD Students’ Seminar, SU, Centre Malesherbes
  • 24 March 2023 All-Day Workshop “Tenses and Moods”, Paris 3, Maison de la Recherche
  • 3 February 2023 Seminar “Tenses and Moods” Michel Lefèvre (University of Montpellier 3), SU, Centre Malesherbes
  • 13 January 2023 Seminar “Tenses and Moods” Björn Rothstein (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), SU, Centre Malesherbes
  • 2 December 2022 Seminar “Tenses and Moods” Marie-Hélène Viguier (Sorbonne Paris Nord), Paris 3, Maison de la Recherche
  • 25 November 2022 paper by Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen), SU, Centre Malesherbes
  • 28 October 2022 PhD Students’ Seminar, SU, Centre Malesherbes
  • 21 October 2022 Seminar “Tenses and Moods” Sonia Zeman (LMU München), Paris 3, Maison de la Recherche

Doctoral Seminar in German Linguistics 2021-2022
“Linguistic Change from the Past to the Present”


  • Martine Dalmas, Sorbonne University: from Collocation to Construction: the Grammaticalisation of Adjectives.


  • Odile Schneider-Mizony, University of Strasbourg: Morphological Change in Contemporary German: Frequency, Destandardisation or Tyopological Evolution?
  • Heike Baldauf-Quilliatre, University Lyon 2: from Interjection to the Liminal Sign: the Treatment of Non-lexicalised sounds in Interactional Linguistics


  • Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen : die Vielstimmigkeit des Gewissens in frühneuhochdeutscher Zeit oder »Wenn einen in seinem Herzen das Gewissen treibt« ;
  • Britt-Marie Schuster, University of Paderborn Sprachgebrauch 1933-1945:  begriffsgeschichte („Blut“, „Arbeit“, „Freiheit“„Gewissen“).


  • Laure Gautherot, University of Strasbourg, Lycée Jean Rostand (Strasbourg): the Ultra-contemporary Evolution of German Nominal Forms of Address in the Political Platforms of the Recent Regional Electionsin Bade-Wurtemberg
  • Mareike Boldt, ENS Lyon: the Emergence of Social Categorisation in Interactions between Young Migrants and their Teachers in Hamburg


  • Sabine Lehmann, Nanterre University: Cohesion and Coherence in the Scientific Text: a Diachronic Perspective (end of the 13th century to the 17th century)
  • Christine Ganslmayer, University of Erlangen : historischer Text im Prozess: Martin Luthers Bibelübersetzung.

14.01.2022 (replaces the session on 10.12)

  • Mechthild Habermann, University of Erlangen : diachrone Wortbildung und Konstruktionsgrammatik : Entwicklung der Verben mit um- vom Althochdeutschen bis zur Gegenwartssprache ;
  • Sonia Cristofaro, Sorbonne University: The Distinction between the Singular and the Plural and Hierarchical Animacy from a Diachronic Perspective


  • Jessica Ammer, University of Bonn: sprachwandel und Sprachkontakt im Althochdeutschen ;
  • Vincent Balnat, University of Strasbourg: Anglicismes in Modern German (18th-19 centuries) : Forms, Functions, and Reactions


  • Katharina Turgay, University of Landau : sprachwandel von Adverbien zu Diskurspartikeln am Beispiel von jetzt ;
  • Quentin Feltgen, University Paris 3 / Benjamin Fagard, CNRS: What do Variations in Frequent occurrences teach us about the underlying linguistic changes?