The Research Centre for Basque Language and Texts IKER is a combined research unit (Unité Mixte de Recherche – UMR) administered by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University Bordeaux Montaigne and the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA).

Based in Bayonne on the Nive campus (UPPA), IKER is the only laboratory in France which specialises in Basque Studies.

The research centre brings together specialists in Basque, CNRS researchers and lecturers from UBM and UPPA. The centre, which originated as an associated research unit (Unité de Recherche Associée – URA) (Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3), was established by CNRS in its current configuration with the aim of restructuring and raising awareness of Basque Studies in France.

IKER is also the host laboratory for the students of the PhD and Master programs in Basque Studies (UBM & UPPA).


Language Acquisition: How we learn our first language(s) – July 3rd, 2024, Bayonne – Language acquisition is the process by which humans acquire their first language(s). At birth, infants are equipped with a wide

Workshop FAMC

Formal approaches to minority, minorized or less studied languages in contact situations June 5, 2024 (right before RALFE 2024) The IKER Lab (UMR5478) organizes a workshop on Formal approaches to minority, minorized or less studied

Conference RALFE2024

Bayonne, Basque Country (France) June 6-7, 2024 RALFE aims to bring together researchers working in theoretical linguistics, broadly construed as encompassing phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, their interfaces, as well as comparative linguistics, typology,

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