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Château Neuf, 15 place Paul Bert,

64100 Bayonne, Pays Basque (France).

Téléphone : +33(0)5 59 57 42 32

Courriel : aritz.irurtzun [abildua/at]


Spécialité : architecture de la grammaire, syntaxe, interfaces, focus et structure informative, prosodie et phonologie de l’intonation, biolinguistique, archéologie et langage.


  • Master en Études Basques, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne: Séminaire avancé de linguistique.
  • Licence en Études Basques, UPPA: Introduction à la linguistique (L1); Langue basque et typologie linguistique (L3).

Quelques publications récentes

Aritz Irurtzun. (to appear). Spell Out. In Kleanthes K. Grohmann & Evelina Leivada (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Minimalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Aritz Irurtzun. (to appear). Ohar batzuk fonologiaren magiaz [Some notes on the magic of phonology]. International Journal of Basque Linguistics & Philology (ASJU).

Aritz Irurtzun. (to appear). The syntactic nature of focus. In Ángel J. Gallego & Dennis Ott (eds.), Cartography and Explanatory Adequacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198867937.003.0007.

Aritz Irurtzun. 2023. Basque non-interrogative nola as a (de dicto) factive complementizer. In Łukasz Jędrzejowski & Carla Umbach (eds.) Non-interrogative Subordinate Wh-clauses. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 85–123. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780192844620.003.0004

Aritz Irurtzun. 2023. Biological, cultural, and environmental factors catalyzing the emergence of (alternate) sign languages. Frontiers in Psychology. Psychology of Language 14:1224437. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1224437

Aritz Irurtzun. 2022. Elements for a cultural evolution of supernatural ritual languages. In Andrea Ravignani et al (eds.), Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Language Evolution (JCoLE). Nijmengen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. 340–347.

Maia Duguine & Aritz Irurtzun. 2021. On the role of prosody in wh-in-situ: Cross-linguistic comparison and experimental evidence from Basque. In Ángel J. Gallego, Alba Cerrudo & Francesc Roca (eds.), Syntactic Geolectal Variation: Traditional Approaches, Current Challenges and New Tools. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 263–294. DOI: 10.1075/ihll.34.09dug

Aritz Irurtzun. 2021. Why Questions Break the Residual V2 Restriction (in Basque and Beyond). In Gabriela Soare (ed.), Why is ‘Why’ Unique? Its Syntactic and Semantic Properties. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 63–115. DOI: 10.1515/9783110675160-004

Ricardo Etxepare & Aritz Irurtzun. 2021. Gravettian hand stencils as sign language formatives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 20200205. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0205

Aritz Irurtzun. 2020. Revisiting the lack of verbal wh-words. In András Bárány, Theresa Biberauer, Jamie Douglas & Sten Vikner (eds.), Clausal Architecture and Its Consequences: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives. Volume 1: Syntax Inside the Grammar. Berlin: Language Science Press. 293–316. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3972854

Aritz Irurtzun. 2019. De-syntacticising Syntax? Concerns on the Architecture of Grammar and the Role of Interface Components. Catalan Journal of Linguistics. Special Issue: Generative Syntax. Questions, Crossroads, and Challenges. 165–202. DOI: 10.5565/rev/catjl.231

Aritz Irurtzun. 2019. Polarity questions with fronted foci in the Spanish of the Basque Country. In Á.J. Gallego (ed.), The Syntactic Variation of Spanish Dialects, Oxford & NY: Oxford University Press. 159–180. ISBN: 9780190634797. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190634797.003.0006

Lluís Barceló-Coblijn, Aritz Irurtzun, Emilio López-Navarro, Cristina Real-Puigdollers & Antoni Gomila. 2019. How children develop their ability to combine words: a network-based approach. Adaptive Behavior. 27.5. 307–330. DOI: 10.1177/1059712319847993

Maia Duguine. Aritz Irurtzun, Cedric Boeckx. 2017. Linguistic diversity and granularity: two case-studies against parametric approaches. Linguistic Analysis 41(3-4): 445–473.

Aritz Irurtzun. 2016. Strategies for argument and adjunct focalization in Basque. In B. Fernández & J. Ortiz de Urbina (eds.), Microparameters in the Grammar of Basque. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 243–263. DOI: 10.1075/lfab.13.09iru

Gorka Elordieta & Aritz Irurtzun. Pitch accent tonal alignment in declarative sentences in the Spanish of the Basque Country: a study of language contact. In N. Henriksen, M. Armstrong & M. Vanrell (eds.), Intonational Grammar in Ibero-Romance: Approaches across Linguistic Subfields, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 25–44. DOI: 10.1075/ihll.6.02elo

Aritz Irurtzun. 2015. The ‘Globularization Hypothesis’ of the Language-ready Brain as a Developmental Frame for Prosodic Bootstrapping Theories of Language Acquisition, Frontiers in Psychology 6:1817. doi : 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01817.

Lluís Barceló-Coblijn, Antonio Benítez-Burraco, Aritz Irurtzun. 2015. Syntactic Networks as an Endophenotype of Developmental Language Disorders : An Evo-Devo Approach to Clinical Linguistics, Biolinguistics 9, 043-049.

Urtzi Etxeberria & Aritz Irurtzun, 2015, The Emergence of Scalar Readings, Frontiers in Psychology 6 : 141. DOI : 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00141

Maia Duguine & Aritz Irurtzun. 2014. From obligatory Wh-movement to optional Wh in situ in Labourdin Basque, Language 90.1 : e1-e30. doi : 10.1353/lan.2014.0006