Guillaume OISEL

Guillaume OISEL

Doctor in linguistics 

Assistant Professor in Amazonian linguistics,
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru



Research topics

  • Verbal systems of Tibetic languages (notably Lhasa Spoken and Literary Tibetan and Sherpa of Khumbu)
  • Amazonian languages of Peru, Pano linguistic group (Shipibo-Konibo)

Ongoing research projects

Opérations de recherche au Lacito :

Autres programmes :

  • Dallith, Documentation and Archiving of Tibetan and Himalayan Languages and Linguistics. Grant number: PICS N°2554 (2005-2007)
  • Cultural Identity and Language Revitalization in Universidad Nacional Intercultural de la Amazonía, Región Ucayali. Grant number : Resolución N.416-2018-UNIA-CO (2017-2019)
  • Dolenper: Documentary Linguistics of the Peruvian endangered languages –CILA, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru (2019-)
  • High-level Foreign Experts Introduction Project (Tibetan Historical Phonology), North China Electrical Power University, Baoding, China. Grant number: T2018027 (2018-2020)



auxiliation – copula – grammaticalization – tense – aspect – evidentiality – epistemic modality – orientation (translocative, cislocative, andative, vintive) – clause linking – subordination – morphosyntax – semantics – lexicology – Sherpa – Tibetan – Shipibo-Konibo


Edition :

  • (in preparation), Tibetan Historical Phonology (author Jiang Di)


Book :

  • 2009, With N. Tournadre, G. Chodrak, and L.N. Sherpa. Sherpa-English English-Sherpa Dictionary with Literary Tibetan and Nepali Equivalents, Vajra Pub, 296 p. (présenté ici)

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • (submitted 2019) How to commentate a soccer match in Shipibo-Konibo (Pano)? A first approximation to a new social function of a Peruvian indigenous language.
  • 2017, Re-evaluation of the evidental system of Lhasa Tibetan and its atypical functions, Himalayan Linguistics, 2017.
  • 2017, On the origin of the Lhasa Tibetan Evidentials song and byung, In Lauren Gawne & Nathan W. Hill (eds), Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages, Berlin / New York: Mouton De Gruyter (TiLSM 302), 2017, p. 161-184.

Production universitaire :

  • 2013, Morphosyntaxe et sémantique des auxiliaires et des connecteurs du tibétain littéraire. Étude diachronique et synchronique, thèse de doctorat en Linguistique, université Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3, sous la direction de N. Tournadre, soutenue le 22 février 2013. (pdf sur TEL)


  • 2019 “Evidential freaks in Lhasa Tibetan Redefining evidentiality in Tibetic Languages”, International workshop ‘Evidentiality’ in Tibetic languages and beyond – a closer look. 16-17 February, University of Tübingen, Fürstenzimmer, Schloß Hohentübingen.
  • 2018 “Compound Copulas and Complex Auxiliary Verb Constructions In Literary Tibetan”, Séminaire d’été en l’honneur du professeur émérite Jiang Di de la CASS, Université des nationalités, Pékin, Chine, 22 août 2018.
  • 2018 “Los clíticos evidenciales del Shipibo”, III Coloquio Internacional sobre la Tipología de las Lenguas Amerindias. Los renegados morfosintácticos Clíticos, partículas y afijos no canónicos en las lenguas de las Américas. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) – Lima, Pérou, 23-25 juillet 2018.
  • 2018 “Une politique pédagogique pour Chiclayo”, XVIIème SEDIFRALE – Congrès d’Amérique latine et des Caraïbes de la Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de français, Université Pontifical Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombie, 5-8 juin 2018.
  • 2016 “La participation des apprenants dans l’approche actionnelle”, 13e Rencontre nationale des professeurs de français, « L’enseignement du français dans le contexte latino-américain à l’ère numérique », Université Nationale Pedro Ruiz, Gallo, Lambayeque, Pérou, 7-9 octobre 2016.
  • 2014 “Evidentiality and Epistemic Modality in Middle Tibetan”, 47th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, the Institute of Sino-Tibetan Language Studies, Yunnan Normal University, Chine, 17-19 octobre 2014. ;
  • 2014 “Clause-linkage and Clause Hierarchy in Middle Tibetan”, 20th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 17 juillet 2014.
  • 2014 “From Motion Verbs to Evidentiality in Tibetan”, 24th Meeting of Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, Université de Rangoon, Birmanie, organisée par la SOAS, Université de Londres, mai 2014.


Everest Sumit taken from the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China

The Sherpas are a people of Tibetan origin and cultural affinities. They migrated from eastern Tibet in several different waves in the 16th through 18th centuries, and settled in the present Solukhumbu area of Nepal, south of the Himalayas, near Mt. Jomolangma (Mount Everest).

The Sherpa language belongs to the Tibetic family, which comprises at least 25 languages and more than 200 hundred dialects. These varieties share a common history: they are all derived from Old Tibetan, a language attested at the time of the Tibetan Empire (7th-9th centuries). Within Tibetic, the Sherpa language is comprised of several dialects, named for the areas in which they are spoken: Shorong (Nep: Solu), Pharak, Khumbu, Rolwaling, and Dram.

Sherpa phonology and vocabulary bear many similarities with the Tö and Tsang dialects of the Ü-Tsang or “Central Tibetan” language, which are spoken on the northern side of Jomolangma (Mount Everest). Some Kham influences can also be identified, as well as a few features shared with Dzongkha and Drenjong, two Tibetic languages spoken south of the Himalayas, predominantly in Bhutan and Sikkim. As far as morphology and syntax are concerned, one may also observe similarities with Tö and Tsang, but Sherpa has undergone its own evolution, especially in terms of verb morphology. The influences of the Tö, Tsang, and Kham dialects on Sherpa can be explained by historical factors: the Sherpa migrated from Tibet via Kham (in eastern Tibet) to Tö (in western Tibet) before settling in the present Solukhumbu area.

(See: Tournadre, Sherpa, Chodrak & Oisel, 2009, Sherpa-English English-Sherpa Dictionary with Literary Tibetan and Nepali Equivalents, Vajra pub.; presentation here)

© Guillaume Oisel (CNRS-Lacito, 2007)

Lieu : Asie, Chine – Langue : sherpa

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