SeDyL (Languages Structures and Dynamics) is a linguistics research centre under the aegis of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). Its areas of specialization include the description, documentation and production of grammar and dictionary for the world’s languages; the study of language contact, language variation and change; linguistic typology and areal typology; the study of multilingualism in different settings (school, health, migration) leading to the critical analysis of language policy. Research focuses on four regions: the Americas and French overseas territories (CELIA), the Baltic and Slavic areas (CELBS), the Mediterranean and Balkans, and Asia.
It aims at:
The SeDyL operates in two complementary fields:
It has two distinctive strengths:
The laboratory has 47 staff members (11 research fellow and research-assistants from the CNRS and IRD, 16 professors or associate professors from the INALCO and other universities, 12 doctoral students and 8 post-docs). It operates three research programms funded by a number of grants and institutions, and directs contract research and international cooperative projects. SEDYL includes two areal centres (CELIA and CELBS), which have developed their own networks and should become well-known in their own right. It also has four associate members.
Since July 2013 the SeDyL UMR has been directed by Isabelle Léglise.
The laboratory’s governing council includes Laurence Guernalec (elected), Christine Bonnot (elected), Deth Thach (elected), Valelia Muni Toke (elected), Enrique Palancar (elected), Suat Istanbullu (elected), Kirill Ghanza (elected), Claudine Chamoreau (appointed), Anaïd Donabédian (appointed), Sophie Vassilaki (appointed) and Isabelle Léglise (Director).