About me

I am Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research in France (CNRS). I specialise in the analysis of under-described languages with a focus on language contact and bilingualism, combining corpus and experimental methods. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in the Balkans (on Romani and Balkan Slavic) and in Mexico (on Ixcatec and Romani) and am committed to open and transparent science by providing access to the original data; see the Pangloss Collection (for Ixcatec, Nashta, and Romani) and CorTypo database (for Ixcatec).

My publications include papers in international journals such as Language, Language in Society, International Journal of Bilingualism, Language Sciences, Lingua, and Studies in Language. My recent books are: A Corpus-driven Approach to Language Contact: Endangered Languages in a Comparative Perspective (2016, De Gruyter Mouton) and The Adaptive Bilingual Mind: Insights from Endangered Languages (under contract, Cambridge University Press). In addition, I have co-edited the volume Information Structure in Lesser-described Languages with Katharina Haude and Martine Vanhove (2018, John Benjamins) and the Routledge Handbook of Language Contact with Yaron Matras (in press, Routledge).

I have directed and participated in several research projects on endangered languages (French National Research Agency; CNRS; ELDP) and am currently Co-PI on a grant to work on Romani language repertoires together with Kimmo Granqvist, Dieter Halwachs, and Yaron Matras (2019–2026, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation). This is a collaborative project involving an international consortium comprising the CNRS and the Universities of Graz, Manchester, and Södertörn. In particular, I am leading Group 4, Intercontinental migrations and language practices in cross-disciplinary perspective, that is based at the CNRS research centre Languages and Cultures of Oral Tradition (LaCiTO) in Paris.

At present, I supervise the works of Kate Bellamy, whose research programme Conflicting grammars: Gender among bilinguals in Mesoamerica and the Caucasus is supported by a European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, and Pablo Irizarri van Suchtelen whose research programme Spanish and Romani in contact in Chile is supported by a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). I also supervise the PhD of Erendira Calderon on Ngigua, with support from a French-Mexican doctoral fellowship from the CONACYT, and co-supervise with Birgit Hellwig the PhD of Melanie Schippling on Romani, with support from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (Germany). I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in the study of endangered languages and, in particular, language contact and bilingualism.

I currently serve on the French National Committee for Scientific Research (Language Sciences section, 2016-2021).

You can also visit my professional page where you can find links to downloadable papers: http://lacito.vjf.cnrs.fr/membres/adamou.htm