About the project

This project is based at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Oral Tradition (LACITO) of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

It is funded by an ERC Starting Grant to Tatiana Nikitina.

The project explores strategies of discourse reporting characteristic of traditional narratives in African languages, and compares them to discourse reporting strategies attested in a number of Turkic languages spoken in Russia. The project team will be involved in data collection both in the field and in archives, in the statistical analysis of data, and in the development of annotated corpora of narrative texts. For more information on some of the theoretical issues we hope to address, see the project description.

Please contact the Principal Investigator if you are interested in joining the project or collaborating with us.