Research interests

  • Typology and dynamics of Information Structure and its interface with prosody
  • Negation: typology and evolution
  • Berber linguistics, geolinguistics, and sociolinguistics
  • Arabic dialectology, African Arabic
  • Linguistic geography of Africa

Current research projects

  • Information structure in Berber, project funded by Fonds de la recherche EHESS, which I direct, 2019-2021
  • Linguistique informatique, formelle et de terrain – Groupement de recherche (GDR)-LIFT, member, 2019-2023
  • Multilingualism in Ancient and Modern Contexts, Alexander von HUMBOLDT Foundation, Universität Leipzig, Stellenbosch University, member, 2019-2020. 

​Former research projects

  • The Typology of Pseudoverbs, LABEX-EFL project (Thread 3), in co-direction with H. Chappell, obtained with approved budget for 2020-2025, withdrawn due to transfer from LLACAN to LIER-FYT
  • The Typology and Corpus Annotation of Information Structure and Grammatical Relations, LABEX EFL – GD1,, member, 2014-2019
  • TULQUEST- Les questionnaires en typologie : recensement, analyse, valorisation et réflexion épistémologique,  French Fédération de typologie et universaux linguistiques,, 2014-2018
  • Pidgins et créoles en contact, French Fédération de typologie et universaux linguistiques,​, 2016-2018
  • Studying Berber medieval texts, Italian National Research Foundation, Università di Milano-Bicocca, 2012-2016
  • Language Norms and Accommodation in Computer-Mediated Discourse, FWO-Research Foundation Flanders , 2011-2014
  • Intonation and Topicalisation, FWO-Research Foundation Flanders , 2008-2011
  • Tradition and Modernity in African Child Narratives, Italian National Research Foundation, 2007-2009
  • Language, Culture and Development in the Mediterranean Area, Italian National Research Foundation – PRIN2005, 2006-2008
  • Language Use and Identity Construction among North African youngsters in Belgium, FWO-Research Foundation Flanders , 2005-2008
  • Orality in Africa and the diaspora, National Fund for Scientific Research & Leids  Universitair Fonds (LUF), Universiteit Leiden, 2003-2004
  • Atlas linguistique des variétés berbères du Rif, NWO-National Fund for Scientific, National Fund for Scientific Research, Universiteit Leiden, 2001-2004
  • Contes berbères Chaouis de l’Aurès, NWO- Universiteit Leiden, 2000-2001
  • Language Variation and Language Planning (Berber), BOF-Special Research Foundation, Universiteit Gent, 1999-2000