Research projects


A collaborative project between the University of Caen (France) and Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

The MICLE project aims to:

  • create a corpus of texts of the same types for the Norman French and the Venetian language, for the origins to the seventeenth century
  • explain syntactic change in the sentence structure in two Romance language varieties for the period in question
  • advance methodological practices and conceptual perspectives in the field by creating a model linking grammatical change to the acquisition of language.

In order to achieve MICLE’s main goal of elaborating and testing a multifactorial model of word order evolution, we are creating a bilingual corpus in two Romance language varieties with similar trajectories of development, the Venetian and the French of Normandy.

Our corpus aims, as far as possible, to give access to the everyday language from the earliest vernacular witnesses to the seventeenth century. The texts of the corpus belong to the same non-literary textual types, which will allow us to avoid distortions and biases that collecting a diverse range of genres would have introduced.

Since they contain evidence of spoken language and traces of dialogue, for the French part of the corpus, we have included trial accounts, depositions and so-called styles de procès. In particular, the French corpus showcases witch trials in Normandy and the Channel islands, from Jeanne d’Arc to Madeleine Bavent.

Since April 2023, you can consult the first version of the French corpus, lemmatised and part-of-speech annotated, via the CRISCO lab’s TXM portal (select MICLE-PREVIEW from the left-hand side menu).

Considering the specificity and availability of extant witnesses, the Venetian part of the corpus will include not only trial accounts but also statutes and other legal texts that illuminate the system of government in different regions under Venetian control. The full annotated Venetian corpus will be made available at the end of the project. Wherever possible, annotated XML/TEI files of the texts of the corpus as well as the software developed and used for the purposes of annotation will also be made available in spring 2024.


The CobBauge project has been selected as part of the European cross-border cooperation program INTERREG V A France (Channel) / England co-financed by the ERDF. It will develop, test and establish a new generation of innovative low environmental impact cob materials using local soils and agricultural fibers or industrial co-products.


The ITEG project has been selected as part of the INTERREG V B North-West Europe European Transnational Cooperation Program co-financed by the ERDF. Its main objective is to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy sector in the ENO territory, by developing an all-in-one solution.


The MARINEFF project has been selected as part of the INTERREG VA France (Channel)/England European cross-border cooperation program, co-financed by the ERDF. It aims to develop marine infrastructures improving the ecological status of coastal waters along the English Channel.


The RaNTrans project has been selected as part of the European cross-border cooperation program INTERREG V A France (Channel) / England co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It will develop and test innovative, cost-effective methods for rapidly reducing the coverage of algae deposition and contributing to the reduction of nutrient levels.


The RedPol project has been selected as part of the European cross-border cooperation program INTERREG V A France (Channel) / England co-financed by the ERDF. The project focuses on the issue of endocrine disruptors.


The TIGER project has been selected as part of the European cross-border cooperation program INTERREG VA France (Channel) / England co-financed by the ERDF. This project will stimulate the growth of tidal energy in France and the UK, and accelerate its deployment in the FMA region.


The general objective of the ADUC project – “Alcohol and Drugs at the University of Caen Normandy” is to better understand the way students consume and to better prevent health risks, with a view to supporting students who are struggling with their consumption.


Emotion and decision-making in cuttlefish, Sepia · ETHiCS is a research project of the University of Caen Normandy aimed at providing new tools to estimate the level of well-being of cephalopods in captivity. It aims to provide new tools and knowledge to assess the psychological suffering (negative emotion) or well-being (positive emotion) of cuttlefish.


SCOPE is a research program that aims to take into account the cognitive and neurocognitive functioning of the student in order to allow the construction of academic knowledge and skills. The aim is to prevent school vulnerability through the dissemination and evaluation of educational programmes co-constructed with the educational community, or to prevent cognitive development and/or learning disorders. Its implementation is based on the skills of many colleagues from the cognitive sciences (psychology, neuroscience, educational sciences) and a research agreement signed between the University of Caen Normandy (INSPE Caen Normandie  and UFR of  psychology), the Rectorate, and the Department of Academic Services of the National Education of Calvados.


Deduction of Behaviours and Screening DECODE is a scientific programme designed to articulate research projects on the theme of behavioural development and screening for developmental disorders.


The Multi-Hazard Assessment of Coastal Territories in the Context of Global Change · The Ricochet project focuses on the issue of the management of coastal territories at risk subject to multiple and potentially concomitant hazards, both coastal (erosion and submersion) and continental (flooding by rising groundwater, turbid floods, slope movements) and confronted with the need to plan for the relocation of people and goods in a context of global and local environmental and societal changes.


BEARNI, for Brief evaluation of alcohol-related neuropsychological impairment (Ritz et al., 2015), is a clinical tool dedicated to the screening of neuropsychological disorders in patients with alcohol use disorder (© UNICAEN). The royalty-free test is intended for addiction clinicians who are not specialists in neuropsychology, in order to help them better identify patients with neuropsychological disorders.