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 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).
Anastasia Panova presented the Corpus of Daghestanian Russian at the Twelfth conference of the Slavic Linguistics Society
Anastasia Panova, intern-researcher at the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, participated in the Twelfth conference of the Slavic Linguistics Society, from 21 to 24 September in Ljubljana (Slovenia), where she gave a poster presentation "A corpus outlook on regional varieties of Russian in Daghestan".
The results of our grant competition for the creation of spoken language corpora have been announced
The results of the competition for grants to create spoken language corpora, which was held by the International linguistic convergence laboratory from May 30th to June 25th, have been announced. The scientific committee selected five winners, who will receive funding to create their corpora.
Employees of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory are working on an Atlas of Multilingualism of Daghestan. With support of the laboratory and the Collegium de Lyon a website was created recently, which can be used as a resource for the research of social and georgraphical particularities of multilingualism in Daghestan.