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Mr Xavier Bach

Laming Junior Fellow in living languages

Introduction

I went to two state schools in Albi (France), and read History and French at the Université de Toulouse-Jean Jaurès where I also gained a Masters degree in Medieval studies. I then worked for a few years in France as a teacher in secondary schools and in a local institute working to preserve and expand the usage of the regional language Occitan. I went back to study at Oxford for an MSt in General Linguistics. I am currently working towards completing my DPhil thesis on the typology of inflectional classes in the languages of Papua.

Research

My current projects involve the documentation of the inflectional morphology of a small group of languages spoken on various islands in Cenderawasih Bay (Papua Barat, Republik Indonesia), in particular on Biak, Yapen, Kurudu and Meoswar. This fieldwork informs my DPhil thesis which draws a typology of inflectional classes in the languages of Papua, as well as works on the development of grammatical gender and the evolution of possessive constructions in these languages. I also work on the history of Occitan and French, in particular on their morphological development and on the diachronic behaviour of categories such as colour terms.

Publications

(with Louise Esher) Morphological evidence for the paradigmatic status of infinitives in French and Occitan, in D. Haug, Historical Linguistics 2013, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015: 135-154.

Senhal. Preséncia e abséncia dels trobadors dins l’òbra de Michel Miniussi, in M.-J. Verny & J.-F. Courouau (ed.) Les Troubadours dans la littérature occitane du XXe siècle, Paris: Garnier, 2015.

Autour du Livre des Règles du monastère des Chanoinesses de Saint-Pantaléon de Toulouse (1358), in J. Thomas & W. Pfeffer (ed.) Nouvelle recherche en domaine occitan : approches interdisciplinaires, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

(with P.-J. Bernard) De Montpellier à Frontignan, l'esthétique du pot-pourri, in C. Alén Garabato, C. Torreilles & M.-J. Verny, Los que fan viure e treslusir l’occitan. Actes du Xe congrès international de l’Association Internationale d'Etudes Occitanes, Béziers, 12-19 juin 2011, Limoges: Lucas, 2014.

(with Louise Esher) Je sacherais pas te dire : erreurs et variations flexionnelles dans la structure des paradigmes en français, JéTou 2013.

(with P.-J. Bernard) Premiers collectages de chansons en Languedoc, Pastel (68) 2011.