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Online course on East Caucasian languages

The online course on East Caucasian (alias Nakh-Daghestanian) languages is organized by the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory (HSE University, Moscow). The first cycle of lectures was held in the fall of 2020, and the second cycle is taking place in the fall of 2021. The course consists of lectures by some of the leading researchers of this language family. 

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.

    The schedule and topics of the second cycle 2021 is available here

    You need to register to become a participant. You will receive a zoom link after registration. 

    The lectures will be held each Wednesday at 19.00-20.30 (UTC+3), starting from the 3rd of November.

    You can find a list of lectures and materials of the first cycle 2020 here

The lecturers (second cycle)

Michael Daniel (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Nina Dobrushina (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Steven Kaye (University of Surrey)

Yuri Koryakov (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Polina Nasledskova (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Johanna Nichols (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Tatiana Philippova (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

Nina Sumbatova (Russian State University for the Humanities)

Yakov G. Testelets (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences / Russian State University for the Humanities)

Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)

Samira Verhees (Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University)

The organizing committee

Michael Daniel

Leading Research Fellow

Nina Dobrushina

Laboratory Head

George Moroz

Junior Research Fellow

Chiara Naccarato

Research Fellow

Elena Sokur

Research Assistant

Samira Verhees

Research Fellow

If you have any questions about the course, contact Alina Russkikh via mail allruss@list.ru.


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