Building a multimodal discursive ethos by developing digital literacy

Christelle Combe and Marco Cappellini, two associate professors affiliated with the LPL, have just published an article in the latest issue of the journal "Le français dans le monde: Recherches & applications" about digital practice in the field of teaching French as a foreign language (FFL).

For those interested in the article, the LPL library subscribes to the journal and issue number 69 is now available! 😉

Abstract: How do future teachers of EFL build their pre-professional ethos by developing digital literacy? In a project of telecollaboration between future teachers and learners of EFL, this is done in three steps: first of all when sending a self presentation video, then during the writing of online instructions on an asynchronous platform and finally during videoconference sessions. By revisiting the notion of ethos, this article redefines the tutorial ethos through the analysis of three tutorial discursive genres in a digital environment.

Dyslexic (or not), how do we activate phonological codes when reading?

Phonological codes play a key role in learning to read. In this article, published in July in the journal Annals of Dyslexia, Ambre Denis-Noël (PhD) and Chotiga Pattamadilok (CNRS researcher) - in collaboration with two colleagues from the LPC Marseille - study the activation of these codes in typical readers and dyslexic readers, by tracing their eye movements when reading.

Ambre Denis-Noel, Chotiga Pattamadilok, Eric Castet, Pascale Colé (2020).
Activation time-course of phonological code in silent word recognition in adult readers with and without dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia, Springer Verlag. hal-02616440

Link to the full article:
Link to open archive HAL :

Photo credits: Pixabay
Last update: July 27, 2020

Can we predict what is happening in the brain while we are speaking?

Youssef Hmamouche (LPL post-doc) and Laurent Prévot (AMU professor and director of the LPL) - in collaboration with Magalie Ochs (LIS) and Thierry Chaminade (INS) - have just published an article about the BrainPredict tool, which aims to predict and visualize brain activity during human-human or human-robot conversations. The first experiments were carried out with 24 adult participants engaging in natural conversation, which lasted approximately 30 minutes. The first promising results open the way for future studies where there is integration, for example, of other sociolinguistic parameters, or aspects linked to certain language pathologies.

Should we whisper to avoid transmitting SARS-CoV-2?

Update July 27: 

The study on which the recent interview with Antoine Giovanni (LPL / AP-HM Marseille) on (June 2020) is based has just been published in the journal "European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology":

Giovanni, A., Radulesco, T., Bouchet, G. et al. Transmission of droplet-conveyed infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2 by speech and vocal exercises during speech therapy: preliminary experiment concerning airflow velocity. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol (2020).



Antoine Giovanni, university professor and ENT hospital practitioner attached to the Speech and Language Laboratory (LPL) and the Conception Hospital Marseille, answered questions on about the potential for speech transmission of infectious molecules, such as Covid-19.

>> Link to the interview

The scientific study on which this interview is based has been accepted for publication in the journal "European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology", and will be shortly available.

Image credits: Extract from the video showing the visualization of air flow during strong expiration and in the production of speech (A. Giovanni)

Reading aid: ALECTOR database available on Huma-Num

The corpus database of the Alector project is now available for consultation on the following website:

It was created as part of the ANR Alector project and offers reading assistance mainly for children who are weak readers and have dyslexia.

More information:

Contact: Núria Gala, project leader (LPL-AMU)

LPL events: new videos online

The last videos of the RANACLES conference and of the last LPL seminars are now available via the online video platform AMUPod (in English or French):

14 February 2020: Seminar Interactions & Systus
Cristel Portes (SystUs) Variation des stratégies prosodiques des locuteurs dans un débat radiophonique
Marco Cappellini (Interactions)  Alignement lexical et structurel dans les échanges synchrones écrits vs audiovisuels. Une exploration méthodologique
Laetitia Leonarduzzi (SystUs) Variation en anglais oral spontané : les inversions dans les interrogatives indirectes

6 December 2019: Seminar POP & Systus
Alexia Mattei (POP) Comment parle-t-on avec une corde vocale paralysée ?
Joana Révis (POP) Voix et émotions
Médéric Gasquet-Cyrus (SystUs), Alain Ghio (POP) Voix et identité du locuteur

21–23 November 2019: 27e Congrès RANACLES
Conference 1: Plenary session of Peggy Candas - Les Interactions Au Coeur Des Trajectoires D'Apprentissage Réussies [21 nov 2019]
Conference 2: Plenary session of Mathilde Anquétil - Les Centres De Langues En Interaction Avec Les Politiques Linguistiques Éducatives, Revue En Quelques Enjeux En Cours [22 nov 2019]
Conference 3: Plenary session of Tim Lewis - How Languages Are Learnt In Tandem Exchanges [23 nov 2019]

All videos produced by the LPL or in cooperation with the lab are available on:


Sign language, that’s how it is

The editorial team of Interdisciplinary Work on Speech and Language, TIPA, is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of the journal on the platform OpenEdition Journals (formerly

Sign language, that’s how it is : Sign language: inventory, description, formalisation, practices

Mélanie Hamm,
Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-Marseille University
Guest Editor

TIPA # 34 (2018)

This issue is enriched with sign language videos accompanying several articles and will be complemented by other upcoming videos.