International Colloquium on
Loanwords and Substrata
in Indo-European languages
Limoges, France, 4th–7th June 2018

The International Colloquium on Loanwords and Substrata in Indo-European languages will take place in Limoges, France, from the 4th to the 7th June 2018.

Invited Speakers

  • Martin Kümmel

    Substrata of Indo-Iranic and related questions

  • Ranko Matasović

    Language of the bird names and the Pre-Indo-European substratum

  • Michael Weiss

    Agricultural Lexicon of Western Indo-European: The Plough and its Parts (by videoconference)


Monday 4 June 2018

18:00-22:00 Social time
Brasserie Les Artistes
4, rue Fitz James

Tuesday 5 June 2018

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:30 Plenary talk: Martin KÜMMEL, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena
Substrata of Indo-Iranic and related questions
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
(+ Registration, cont'd)
11:00-12:30: Anatolian
Chair: Georges-Jean PINAULT, ÉPHÉ, Paris
11:00-11:30 Isabelle KLOCK-FONTANILLE, Université de Limoges, Institut Universitaire de France
Le hittite et son substrat (le hatti) : un cas intéressant d’interférence linguistique
11:30-12:00 Zsolt SIMON, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Die hurritischen Lehnwörter im Keilschriftluwischen
12:00-12:30 Ilya YAKUBOVICH, Philipps University Marburg
Luwic superstrate in Lydian
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00 (Celtic)
Chair: Ranko MATASOVIĆ, University of Zagreb
14:00-14:30 Pierre-Yves LAMBERT, CNRS + ÉPHÉ, Paris
Emprunts et mots indigènes. Le cas du celtique insulaire.
14:30-15:00 Xavier DELAMARRE, independent researcher
Les noms gaulois dans l’onomastique impériale
15:00-15:30 Peter Alexander KERKHOF, Universiteit Leiden
Celtic relics between Germanic and Romance: Gaulish loanwords in the leges barbarorum
15:30-16:00 Václav BLAŽEK, Masaryk University, Brno
Latin bellua/bēlua ‘beast’ of Celtic origin?
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00: Indo-Iranian
Chair: Ilya YAKUBOVICH, Philipps University Marburg
16:30-17:00 Chams BERNARD, Universiteit Leiden
Some unexplained lexemes in Gavruni
17:00-17:30 Juan BRICEÑO, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Correlative negation in Old Iranian and Achaemenid Elamite
17:30-18:00 Milad ABEDI, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran
Language contact between Old Persian and Achaemenid Elamite
20:30 Conference dinner (upon reservation)
Restaurant le Versailles
20 place d’Aine, 87000 Limoges
Restaurant web site

Wednesday 6 June 2018

9:00-10:00: Greek
Chair: Jean-Pierre LEVET, Université de Limoges
9:00-9:30 Michele BIANCONI, University of Oxford
Anatolian Lexicon in Mycenaean Greek
9:30-10:00 Romain GARNIER, Université de Limoges & Institut Universitaire de France) & Benoît SAGOT, Inria, Paris
New results on a centum substratum in Greek: the Lydian connection
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:30: East and Far east: Armenian, Tocharian and beyond
Chair: Martin KÜMMEL, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena
10:30-11:00 Georges-Jean PINAULT, ÉPHÉ, Paris
The two Tocharian languages in their multilingual environment
11:00-11:30 Daniel KÖLLIGAN, Universität zu Köln
Armenian as a contact language: between Caucasian substrates and Iranian superstrates
11:30-12:00 Hannes A. FELLNER, Universität Wien, Dieter GUNKEL, University of Richmond, & Nathan W. HILL, SOAS, University of London
À cheval donné on regarde les dents. The Indo-European origin of the Trans-Himalayan words for ‘horse’
12:00-12:30 Guillaume JACQUES, CNRS, Paris
La Verschärfung du yod en tibétain à la lumière des emprunts à l’indo-aryen
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00: Germanic and Baltic
Chair: Chams BERNARD, Universiteit Leiden
14:00-14:30 Guus KROONEN, Universities of Leiden and Copenhagen
A stroke of luck? The word for ‘clover’ in Celtic, Germanic and Kartvelian
14:30-15:00 Rosemarie LÜHR, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Zum Langobardischen als Trümmersprache
15:00-15:30 Aljoša ŠORGO, Universiteit Leiden
Characteristics of Lexemes of a Substratum Origin in Proto-Germanic
15:30-16:00 Arthur LAISIS, ÉPHÉ, Paris
Western Baltic substrates in Lithuanian: a critical survey
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Plenary talk: Michael WEISS, Cornell University (Visioconference rooms D202 + D204)
Inheritance and Borrowing in the Italic Agricultural Lexicon

Thursday 7 June 2018

9:00-10:00 Plenary talk: Ranko MATASOVIĆ, University of Zagreb
Language of the bird names and the pre-Indo-European substratum
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:30: Indo-European and beyond
Chair: Guillaume JACQUES, CNRS, Paris
10:30-11:00 Gerd CARLING, Lund University, Sandra CRONHAMN Lund University, & Elnur ALIYEV, Malmo University
Borrowability, inheritance, and semantic change in the Indo-European and Caucasian vocabulary for hunting, farming, and technology
11:00-11:30 Veronika MILANOVA, University of Vienna, Sampsa HOLOPAINEN, University of Helsinki, & Jeremy BRADLEY, University of Vienna
Contact phenomena in IE kinship and social terms and beyond
11:30-12:00 Jean-Pierre LEVET, Université de Limoges
Des traces d’un ancêtre eurasiatique en indo-européen ?
12:00-12:30 Benoît SAGOT, Inria, Paris
A new PIE root *h1er- ‘(to be) dark red, dawn red’: drawing the line between inherited and borrowed words for ‘red(ish)’, ‘pea’, ‘ore’, ‘dusk’ and ‘love’ in daughter languages
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00: Italic
Chair: Romain Garnier, Université de Limoges, Institut Universitaire de France
14:00-14:30 Hugo BLANCHET, Université de Limoges & ÉPHÉ, Paris
Méfitis osque et Méfitis romaine, des sources limpides aux eaux pestilentielles
14:30-15:00 Dan UNGUREANU, Universității din Timișoara
The four layers of the lexical substrate in Romanian
15:00-15:30 Vincent MARTZLOFF, Université Paris-Sorbonne
L’ombro-sabin : mythe ou réalité
15:30-16:00 Jean HADAS-LEBEL, Université Lumière (Lyon 2)
Une origine étrusque pour lat. corōna ?
16:00-16:30 Closing session
16:30-17:00 Coffee break

Friday 8 June 2018

10:00-12:00 Visiting tour (free tour, upon reservation)
Musée de l’Évêché & Cathedral
12:00-14:00 Free time (lunch)
14:00-17:00 Free time (gift shops, fine food and wine, premium spirits, porcelain)


Programme Committee


Romain Garnier (Chair)

Ignasi Xavier Adiego Lajara

Chams Bernard

Patrizia de Bernardo Stempel

Michiel de Vaan

Emmanuel Dupraz

Benjamin Fortson

José Luis García Ramón

Ivo Hajnal

Agnes Korn

Martin Kümmel

Pierre-Yves Lambert

Ranko Matasović

Craig Melchert

Daniel Petit

Michaël Peyrot

Blanca María Prósper

Georges-Jean Pinault

Saskia Pronk-Tiethoff

Elisabeth Rieken

Benoît Sagot

Zsolt Simon

Thomas Steer

Brent Vine

Michael Weiss

Ilya Yakubovich

Nicholas Zair


Organisation Committee

(to be completed)


Romain Garnier (Chair)

Benoît Sagot

Virginie Tisserant (administration)

Corinne Sylvestre (administration)

Céline Chrétien (administration)

Important dates

Extended submission deadline2nd March 2018
Author notification16th April 2018
Final version due30th April 2018
Colloquium4th–7th June 2018
Ext. submission deadline2nd Mar. 2018
Author notification16th April 2018
Final version due30th Apr. 2018
Colloquium4th–7th Jun. 2018


Proceedings of the colloquium gathering full-length articles will be published as a special issue of the Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft.


Lunch and coffee breaks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are included in the registration fee. Should you decide not to take part in the Conference dinner, the registration fee will be reduced. The visiting tour on Friday morning is free, but you must book in advance if you want to participate. For the Monday evening social time, the “brasserie” will be privatised, but expenses will not be covered.

Registration fees (to be paid on site in cash upon arrival):

  • Registration for invited speakers: free
  • Standard registration (including Conference dinner): 80€
  • Reduced standard registration (without Conference dinner): 50€
  • Student/unemployed registration (including Conference dinner): 50€
  • Reduced student/unemployed registration (without Conference dinner): 20€


The Colloquium will take place in the Carrefour des étudiants of the Université de Limoges, 88 Rue du Pont Saint-Martial (view on Google Maps).

Address: 39E, rue Camille Guérin, 87036 Limoges, France

Getting there from the train station (Limoges Bénédictins) and the city centre: 20 minutes by direct bus; take a line 10 bus and get off at the “Vanteaux” station. Click here for schedules and details (1.30€ if you buy your ticket in advance, 1.50€ if you buy it in the bus).
Getting there from the airport: 11 minutes by taxi (approx. 25€ by day and 35€ by night)


The best place to look for a nice hotel is certainly the city centre, from which the Colloquium venue is easily accessible by bus (see above). An easy way to find rooms is to use sites such as and Another option is to look for an AirBnB.

Here are a few options:

  • Hôtel Mercure Royal Limousin, Place de La République [city centre] (~120 €/night)
  • Best Western Plus Hôtel Richelieu, 40 Avenue Baudin [city center South] (~100 €/night)
  • Hôtel Campanile Limoges Centre - Gare, 44 Cours Gay Lussac [close to the train station] (~90 €/night)
  • Hôtel Les Bénédictins, 2 Cours Gay Lussac [close to the train station] (~60 €/night)
  • Hôtel de Paris, 5, cours Vergniaud [close to the train station] (~60 €/night)
  • Hôtel les Beaux Arts, 28 Boulevard Victor Hugo [city centre] (~50 €/night)

Discovering Limoges

Cathédrale Saint-Étienne

Église Saint-Michel-des-lions

Gare de Limoges-Bénédictins

Cathédrale & pont Saint-Étienne

Quartier de la Boucherie

Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines

Restaurants, bars and shops in Limoges

You can download here a selection of restaurants, bars, and shops in the Limoges city centre.