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Name: Alexandre  Francois (IPA: alɛksãdʁə fʁãswa)
Institution: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
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Homepage: http://alex.francois.free.fr/
State and/or Country: France   
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Morphology
Phonology
Semantics
Syntax
Typology
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Hiw
Koro
Lo-Toga
Vure
Mwotlap
Mwerlap
Vurës
Nume
Teanu
Tanema
Lehali
Vano
Wetamut
Vera'a
Language Family(ies): Oceanic
Selected Publications: 2002. Araki : A disappearing language of Vanuatu. Pacific Linguistics, 522. 375pp.
2003. La sémantique du prédicat en mwotlap (Vanuatu). Société de Linguistique de Paris, Peeters. 408pp.
2000. Vowel shifting and cloning in Motlav : historical explanation vs formal description. Proceedings of AFLA-7, Amsterdam.
2003. Of men, hills and winds: Space directionals in Mwotlap. Oceanic Linguistics 42-2, 407-437.
2004. Reconstructing the geocentric system of Proto Oceanic. Oceanic Linguistics 43-1, 1-32.
2005. A typological overview of Mwotlap, an Oceanic language of Vanuatu. Linguistic Typology 9-1.
forthc. Serial verb constructions in Mwotlap. In Dixon & Aikhenvald (eds), Serial Verb Constructions: A cross-linguistic typology, Explorations in Linguistic Typology. OUP.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Araki
Courses Taught: - Field methods in linguistics.
- Introduction to General Linguistics.
- Introduction to Mwotlap.
- Morphology.
- French as a Second language.
Dissertation Abstract: Contraintes de structures et liberté dans l'organisation du discours. Une description du mwotlap, langue océanienne du Vanuatu [Structural constraints and freedom in speech elaboration: A description of Mwotlap, an Oceanic language of Vanuatu]
Academic Paper Abstract: Phonotactics and the prestopped velar lateral of Hiw: resolving the ambiguity of a complex segment



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