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Online course on East Caucasian languages

In the fall of 2020, the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory (HSE University, Moscow) organized a course dedicated to East Caucasian (alias Nakh-Daghestanian) languages. The course consists of 13 lectures by some of the leading researchers of this language family. All lectures are available online on our site. Read our news about the course for more details.

The East Caucasian languages form a deep-level family that is considered indigenous to the Caucasus. It consists of 30-50 distinct languages (according to different classifications), and is in fact largely responsible for the high rate of language density that the Caucasus as a linguistic area is famous for. The languages of the family feature a number of striking features, including rich consonant inventories, pervasive gender agreement with unusual targets, and complex systems of nominal spatial inflection, among other traits.



The area where the languages are spoken is known for vibrant inter-ethnic contact and high rates of traditional multilingualism among speakers of the indigenous languages and their Turkic and Indo-European neighbors. At the same time, strict village-based endogamy sets it apart from other areas of high linguistic diversity.


  • The course is open to anyone interested in East Caucasian. Its target audience are students of linguistics at any level and researchers who would like to learn more about these languages and the area where they are spoken. The course does not have a rigid structure, you can choose to follow the whole course or attend a particular lecture you are interested in.

    13 lectures provide an introduction to the languages of the East Caucasian family with special attention to current issues and typologically unusual phenomena.

    Topics that are covered include: sociolinguistics, multilingualism, phonology, nominal spatial morphology, pronominal deixis, verbal categories, evidentiality, agreement, information structure, valency and voice, clause combining, complementation, and relativization.

The lecturers

Gilles Authier (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes)

Oleg Belyaev (Lomonosov Moscow State University & Institute of Linguistics RAS)

Marina Chumakina (Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey)

Denis Creissels (University of Lyon)

Michael Daniel (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Nina Dobrushina (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Diana Forker (University of Jena)

Yury Lander (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Timur Maisak (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University & Institute of Linguistics RAS)

George Moroz (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Johanna Nichols (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Natalia Serdobolskaya (Institute of Linguistics RAS)

Samira Verhees (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

The organizing committee

Michael Daniel

Leading Research Fellow

Nina Dobrushina

Laboratory Head

George Moroz

Junior Research Fellow

Elena Sokur

Research Assistant

Samira Verhees

Research Fellow

If you have any questions about the course, contact Elena Sokur via mail elena.o.sokur@gmail.com.


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