lpl-equipe-interactions (at) univ-amu . fr

Team contacts:
Maud Champagne-Lavau
Marco Cappellini

Scientific objectives

Linguistic models of the functioning of language have traditionally been based on linguistic examples obtained in controlled situations, quite far from the reality of everyday language. In the last decade, new work has sought to describe language in a more natural context, and in particular that of conversation. These studies focused on descriptions concerning several linguistic domains as well as their interactions: phonetics, prosody, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, mimo-gestural.

In this context, the team’s project aims to develop a language model placing interaction at the heart of the question of linguistic structures. In our approach, conversational interactions are further described in close relation to the way in which language is processed in the speaker’s brain. To meet this objective, several central themes will be addressed. In continuity with the project of the previous five-year period, it will be:

(1) To study phenomena appearing specifically during an interaction between speakers (eg. backchannels, imitation and convergence at the phonetic and discursive levels), in order to analyze the interaction between the different linguistic domains and to understand which linguistic units ( eg. prosodic, syntactic, mimo-gestural units) are the most relevant to reflect these interactions.

(2) To broaden our knowledge of how language and communicative activities are characterized by the interaction situation.

(3) To develop tools and methods for the analysis, exploration and annotation of mono- or multimodal data. This involves two complementary movements.


Friday 19 November 2021 9h30, LPL (salle B011) : LPL team study day

Wednesday 10 November 2021 14h30, LPL: Defense HDR Roxane Bertrand (LPL / CNRS)
“Interactional linguistics : from corpus studies to experimentation”

Friday 15 Octobre 2021 14h, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Lyon : Defense HDR Marco Cappellini (LPL / AMU)
“Modeling for research-action in telecollaborative exchanges : Interactions, training of trainers, autonomy.”

Thursday 14 October 2021 14h-16h, LPL (room A-102) : Jean-Philippe Prost (LPL)
Presentation in the context of the Interaction Team meeting : “Interactions between linguistic dimensions : an holistic cartography of language”

Next LPL seminar organised by the Interactions team (open to all):

Friday, February 19th, 10.30 – 12.00 (online)
10.30 – 11.30: Simona Pekarek Doehler, Université de Neuchâtel
Routinisation d’une grammaire-pour-l’interaction : Les trajectoires développementales de ‘je sais pas’ et ‘comment en dit’ en langue seconde
11.30 – 12.00: Marco Cappellini, LPL
Alignement des procédés d’étayage dans un télétandem
Team meetings 2021:
  • Friday 3 December 10h30-12h30 (roomB.011)
  • Thursday 18 November 14h-15h (room A-102/online)
  • Thursday 14 October 14h-16h (room A-102): Séminaire Jean-Philippe Prost
  • Tuesday 28 September, 11h-12h (room A-102)

  • Friday, February 19th, 10.30: seminar by S. Pekarek Doelher and M. Cappellini
  • Monday, March 29th, 10.00 – 11.00
  • Thursday, April 22nd, 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
  • Monday, Mai 17th, 2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.


July 8, 2020: Roxane Bertrand and Noël Nguyen, two members of the Interactions team, have just published an article in “The Conversation France”. Entitled “The Complex Mechanics of Ordinary Conversation” (article in French), the article sheds light on the mechanisms and practices of oral conversation.

Team members

Please follow the link to the French team page.