Leaders : Anaïd Donabedian, Pollet Samvelian
The configuration of West Asia is valuable for modelling the notion of linguistic area and the interaction of dialectology/contact/typology . The project has internationally recognised skills (Armenian, Iranian languages) and strong partnerships (Greek from Asia Minor, Caucasian languages, Turkish, Semitic), which it federates into a visible and innovative cluster. This new phase of the operation aims to:
– complete the mapping modeling of the area
– explore two types of structures to investigate both the fine mechanisms of language contact in West Asia and the degree of typological constraint related to OV order in general in the world’s languages:
1) Word order and information structure
2) Differential argument marking.