LEXILECT.eu network

Edward A. Wilson (1927), The National Association of Book Publishers, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington.https://ciclic.fr/livreslyceens

This network project is coordinated by Brigitte Ouvry-Vial, Professor of literature at Le Mans Université, and a member of the 3LAM research unit and of the MSH Ange Guépin . It is supported by the Alliance Europa Institute for European and Global Studies in the framework of its “International Networks” call for proposals and applications for a period of 18 months (July 2021 – December 2022), in order to develop an international network of researchers around the project.

LEXILECT.eu aims at a preliminary typology and database of terms used by European readers to describe their reading practices, including the favourite places and circumstances of reading. The methodology includes setting up a process of sources collection, curation and semiautomatic annotation, along with statistical analysis or classification reflecting the variety of linguistic realizations of reading experiences by individual readers. The framework of research thus designed and tested on sources in multiple European languages will support grant applications in the interdisciplinary and international knowledge domain identified.

We will leverage natural language processing (NLP) techniques to analyze reading testimonies, detect reading situations and extract the terminology associated with the description of such situations. This analysis will provide lexicons in multiple languages, possibly for multiple periods, that will be analyzed by HSS experts in terms of register, gender, etc. This process is iterative as generated lexicons might in turn be used to improve the detection and analysis of reading situations, which in turn can be used to improve the lexicons.

Mapping the relations will lead to identifying “communities” or points of commonalities within the social space of European reading practices considered, thus comforting the understanding of its circles of influence.

Gender focus: The rich and extensive sources of reading data addressed by previous research programs on sources from the cultural heritage of reading have not until now been investigated in terms of differences in relation to gender. What are the associated terms related to reading, and to what extent are they gender specific? Do the evidences of men and women differ in terms of their use of language, especially positive and negative terms? Do women use terms that are more emotionally charged than men? Are there differences in terms of genre preferences, or even the frequency of keywords associated with reading?

Picture credit : Edward A. Wilson (1927), The National Association of Book Publishers, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington.https://ciclic.fr/livreslyceens

Project leader



Professor of Literature- 3LAM - Le Mans Université

A Professor of literature at Le Mans Université, and a member of 3LAM, Brigitte Ouvry-Vial is also a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France, and director of the Institut des Humanités Numériques du Mans. She supervises the work of young researchers on printed and digital written culture.

Brigitte Ouvry-Vial leads the ANR 2014-2017 “Reading in Europe 15th-21th century” European network ( (50 EC from 15 countries), is Management Committee Substitute of the E-READ COST Action (IS1404). A member of the SHARP-L Translation Committee (John Hopkins U., USA), she is also the North American geographical referent for International Relations at the University of Maine. She has created several research groups (2004-2008, G.E.S.T. U. Paris7, 2008-2011) “Woman publishers and book workers”, Dict. Encyclopédique des Femmes Créatrices, (2012-2014), PLLI (2011-2014, Pratiques du livre, de l’imprimé, de la Lecture CPER 10 en Région PLLI), she also carries out various international activities (Visiting Professor at Drew University, N.J., Investigadores Residentes Casa de Velasquez Madrid, Guest seminar in Asia, Europe, Erasmus agreements …).

Brigitte Ouvry-Vial was the coordinator of Alliance Europa’s Research Axis 4, “European cultures, appropriations, transmissions, representations”. She is currently leading the research project “AMICAE°– An Analysis of Innovative Mediations in Culture and the Arts for an Open Europe”and the european project Read-it, and also the LEXILECT.eu network.


MSH Ange Guépin

MSH Ange Guépin

Maison des sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin (House of Human sciences), USR 3991 (UN)


3L.AM – EA 4335 (UM, UA)

3L.AM – EA 4335 (UM, UA)

The Languages, Literature, Linguistics laboratory of the Universities of Angers and Le Mans (3L.AM Lab), Welcoming Team No 4335, is a Research Unit present on two sites, noted A by the Agence d’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (2011 evaluation campaign). It brings together 60 teacher-researchers (40 in Le Mans and 20 in Angers) and welcomes 40 PhD students.