Linguistic Convergence Laboratory opened in 2017. It focuses on processes of convergence in the history of languages, i.e. the processes by which common features spread among languages due to contact between their speakers. The laboratory aims at modelling processes of convergence and developing tools to study these phenomena using data from electronic corpora of spoken language.
The Linguistic Convergence Laboratory's research assistant Anastasia Panova was mentioned in the category "Rising Stars" on the Linguist List blog - an international mailing list for linguists, to which more than 26.000 linguists world-wide are subscribed.
From 15-17 April a conference organized jointly by the Laboratory of Language Convergence, the University of Lyon, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the Institute of Linguistics (Moscow) was held in Lyon. The conference was dedicated to the study of multilingualism in minority language communities - a field of research which has been actively pursued by Laboratory faculty for some time thanks to extensive fieldwork in Dagestan.
Nina Dobrushina, Michael Daniel and Ilya Chechuro took part in the 4th workshop on Turkic and languages in contact with Turkic at New York University.
Linguistic Convergence Laboratory invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of language contact; computer corpora; typology; sociolinguistics; languages of Caucasus; languages of Russia.
On December 19 George Moroz, one of the laboratory's participants, gave a lecture on "Lingytypology: an R package for linguistic cartography", as part of a series of lectures called "City data", which is organized by the projects Soft kultura and Infokultura.
Members of the laboratory take part in organizing a conference on “Typology of small-scale multilingualism”
The conference on “Typology of small-scale multilingualism” will take place from 15 to 17 April in Lyon (France). Nina Dobrushina, head of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, answers some questions about the conference.
On October 31, 2018, Language Science Press, a publisher of linguistic books, officially announced the launch of a new book series called Languages of the Caucasus.
Members of the lab together with School of Linguistics received grant funding from the Russian Science Foundation
Members of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory and School of Linguistics won RSF grant "Research conducted by scientific groups under the supervision of young scholars" for their common project.
The laboratory is accepting applications for the International Summer School "Areal Linguistics and Languages of Russia" from 10th to 14th September 2018 at HSE academic center and guesthouse in Voronovo, outside Moscow. Deadline for applications is 20th May.