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The Language, Literature & Linguistics Research Team

The Team’s principal research object is language in all its forms ; oral, written, popular, scholarly and literary. This includes Arabic principally, but also Berber (Tamazight), Hebrew, Farsi and ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramean, Akkadian, Phoenician, Sumerian, etc.). The approaches to this object of study—language—are extremely diverse, from data processing and analysis to textual and literary analysis, via epigraphy, linguistics, sociolinguistics or even translation theory and the sociology of culture. This combination of scholarly training and openness to the social sciences has contributed to renewing perceptions of these societies. The members of this center are all actively involved in research and training at the Department of Middle-Eastern Studies of Aix Marseille University, especially with linguistics and literature seminars. They also participate in the laboratory’s cross-disciplinary research axes.

Principal themes and related research seminars :

1. Arabic Literature, Translation & Translation Theory
2. Languages and Epigraphy of Islam and the Ancient Near East
3. Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
4. Berber Studies

Team Members

Team Leader : Mohamed Bakhouch
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1. Arabic Literature, Translation & Translation Theory

This research in this field covers classical Arabic literature (principally ancient poetry, its textual and anthropological aspects) as well as oral literature and poetry in the Arab peninsula (as part of the oral poetry research group CEFAS/IREMAM).

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2. Languages and Epigraphy of Islam and the Ancient Near East

The research carried out in the field of Semitology deals with the study of Ancient and Modern Semitic languages and their socio-cultural context. For Ancient languages, specific focus is given to the comparative linguistics of these languages and their writing systems.

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3. Linguistics and Sociolinguistics

Research in descriptive and typological linguistics centers around recent evolutions in syntax and vocabulary, applied to Arabic, Arabic didactics, and Persian. One of its aims is to take these evolutions into account when compiling linguistic grammars of these languages for teaching purposes, in order to bridge the gap between conventional grammatical explanations and the reality of contemporary written use.

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4. Berber Studies

Spread out across a vast and diverse territory, splintered in both geographic and geopolitical terms, the Berber world is distinctive in that it is traversed by diverse and multiple dynamics.

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