In 2021, members of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory published three articles on the Russian language in Dagestan
Dagestan is a relatively new territory for the spread of the Russian language. At the end of the 19th century, very few people spoke Russian here. In addition to indigenous languages, which Dagestan is very rich in (linguists count more than forty languages in this small territory), local people spoke Azerbaijani, Georgian, Chechen and Arabic. But there has never been a language common for all residents of Dagestan (the language of interethnic communication or lingua franca). Russian became the first such language for Dagestan.
Second cycle of the online course on the East Caucasian languages by the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory
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 November 3.
In early October, members of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory published a paper in Language . Language is the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America and one of the most respected general linguistics journals in the world; perhaps the most prestigious one. Since the journal’s launch in 1925, it has seen the publication of only two papers whose first author is a researcher affiliated with a Russian university or institute.
One of the tasks of the International Linguistic Convergence Laboratory is the creation of new open electronic resources dedicated to the minor languages of Russia, Russian dialects and contact varieties of Russian speech. For more than four years, these resources have become so abundant that the laboratory had to acquire its own server and create a special website where all the resources are conveniently located.
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.
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.
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?