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 Linguistic Convergence Laboratory participated in the webinar “Languages, Dialects and Isoglosses of Anatolia, the Caucasus and Iran”
The sixth session of the webinar “Languages, Dialects and Isoglosses of Anatolia, the Caucasus and Iran” hosted a talk by Chiara Naccarato, Samira Verhees, Michael Daniel and Timofey Mukhin.
The School of Linguistics hosted a series of lectures on the foundations of language evolution by the member of Linguistic Convergence Laboratory Damian Blasi
From February 4 to March 20, the School of Linguistics hosted a series of lectures on the foundations of language evolution. The course was read by Damian Blasi, the member of Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, an author and co-author of works on fundamental problems in creole linguistics, linguistic symbolism and the history of linguistic diversity. In his lectures Damian Blasi considered both the main aspects of the theory of the language evolution, as well as more narrow topics, such as the structure of animal communication systems and their differences from human language, the time of the speech appearance in humans, biological and genetic foundations of language ability, multilingualism, and models of linguistic evolution.
Members of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory contributed chapters to new Oxford Handbook of Languages of the Caucasus
A new Oxford Handbook dedicated to the languages of the Caucasus appeared this month. It contains several contributions from members of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory.
The Linguistic convergence laboratory conducted an online course on Nakh-Daghestanian languages in October - December 2020
The Linguistic convergence laboratory organized an open course in English about the main area of expertise of the laboratory - the languages of the Nakh-Daghestanian (also known as East Caucasian) language family.
The Linguistic Convergence Laboratory organized a joint seminar with the Max Planck Institute for Human History (Jena)
The seminar of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory on November 10 was held in the format of a joint meeting with linguists from the Max Planck Institute for Human History (Jena). Damian Blasi made a report in which he presented his hypothesis regarding the dynamics of the number of languages since the early Holocene.
This fall the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory will organize a free online course on the East Caucasian (alias Nakh-Daghestanian) language family. The course will start on October 14.
The 53rd SLE conference was held in an unconventional format for the first time in history. The Linguistic convergence laboratory was represented by a number of talks.
Until four years ago there was no simple tool for linguists to mark a set of points on a map with different colors. A point corresponded to a language, and its color corresponded to a linguistic feature of the language. This inspired George Moroz, of HSE’s Linguistic Convergence Laboratory and School of Linguistics, to create a new software product that turned out to be very popular: lingtypology.
An article by members of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory was published in the journal “Language variation and change”
From a northern village to an academic article, or How many linguists do you need to describe variation in Russian dialect?
The Linguistic Convergence Laboratory and the School of Linguistics are organizing an International Summer School on Areal Linguistics and Languages of Russia.