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.
‘We Have Not Yet Fully Understood How Languages Work, and We Are Already Losing 90% of Their Diversity’
Why might a grandmother and her grandson not understand each other? Why would linguists want to go to Dagestan? Is it possible to save the less commonly spoken languages of small nations and Russian dialects? Nina Dobrushina, Head of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory answered these questions in an interview with HSE News Service.
At the end of the summer members of the Laboratory presented their researches at two large international conferences on linguistics — SLE and ALT.
ConLab receives a new grant from the Russian Science Foundation. The project is "Argument structure, voice and valence change in the languages of Western Siberia".
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.