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.
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 31 October 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.
On the eve of 2018, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research finished reviewing grant applications. Among the approved applications was the project "The Andi morphosyntax in a typological perspective", under the guidance of Michael Daniel; professor at the School of Linguistics and participant of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory.
Linguistic Convergence Laboratory invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of language contact; computer corpora; typology; sociolinguistics.
From November 27 to December 1, 2017 a seminar on "Methods for linguistic convergence research" was held at the laboratory. The seminar was devoted to discussing the intermediate results of research projects, as well as the immediate tasks and general goals of the participants. It was the first joint meeting of all employees and partners.
From October 25 to November 1 2017, Yury Lander and Irina Bagirokova spent over a week in Israel, documenting a West Circassian dialect.
From 18 to 20 September the international conference on dependency linguistics Depling 2017 took place in Pisa (Italy).