François-Xavier Nève de Mévergnies (BE)

François-Xavier Nève de Mévergnies is a retired linguist and phonetician, former head of the Service of Experimental Linguistics University of Liege, Belgium. He is also the author of several books and articles on various topics, including linguistics, popular science, philosophy, religion, local history… and the only foreign member of the Association of Indian Teachers of French (AITF : available on Google), to exemplify his passion for diverse languages and cultures. He is sensitive to nature, happily married and merry member of a numerous family and many circles of friends.

RDU François-Xavier Nève

Proposed Courses in Linguistics:

  • General Linguistics. Linguistics is the scientific (observation and experimentation) study of languages (les langues) and language (le langage) as a human capability.    Deliberate information: communication.  In plants (?) and animals; progress in animal communication.  Communication amongst higher animal.  What the use of Sign Languages with apes has shown about communication and language.  Early communication in the development of human beings.

The Double Articulation of all human languages.  Monemes.  Syntagm, paradigm.  Synchrony, diachrony.  Universals.  Ressemblances.  Genealogy, typology.  Isolating, agglutinating and flexional languages and parts of languages.  Phonemes.  Organization of the two articulations in various languages, including Sign Languages of the Deaf. Semiology.  Grammar.  Semantics.  Syntax.  “Morphology”.  Phonology.  Phonetics.  Experimental Phonetics.

  • Phonology and Phonetics. Phonology is the study of the sounds as second articulation (identified) units. Phonetics is the study of (language) sounds physically.  Both may be synchronic and diachronic.  From brain to sound, from sound “wave” to meaning in another brain. The “miracle” of language.  Physiological, articulatory, acoustic, auditory phonetics.  Voice, formants, specter of human sounds.  Deciphering sonograms.  And how do you communicate by a language when you are deaf, or deaf and blind?  Sign languages.  Helen Keller.
  • Languages and Cultures of the World. Towards situating konzo, English and other languages of the neighborhood, both genealogically and typologically.  History of languages. Language, writing, population; culture. Literature, oral and written. Identity. Humanism.

Proposed Courses in Culture:

  • Is everything human “culture”?  Is it the same as tradition, way of life, civilization?  Or is it rather oriented towards craftsmanship, craft and art?  Nature and culture.  Cultural Revolution?  Wörter und Sachen.  What culture for each?  For you?  For you and me?

Beauty for the five senses. See, hear, touch, smell, taste. Sweetness of surroundings, comfort, pleasure; awe, admiration, mysticism.

  • Man as inheritance to acquired characters. Language. Stories. Myths and legends.  Origins, identity, family, tribe, nation… Singing and poetry. Writing. Author.  Books. Recording. Digital recording. Transmitting, sharing.

In this course, the teacher will essentially try to render explicit, clear and simple — and to describe and to write down — the implicitly felt and known behaviours, moods and ideas of the students, comparing, telling, trying to explain what can (now) be explained, considering everything with deep respect and eager curiosity.

Comparisons with the love for nature and life will be suggested.

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