Online course on East Caucasian languages

Online course on East Caucasian languages

In the fall of 2020, the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory (HSE University, Moscow) organizes a course dedicated to East Caucasian (alias Nakh-Daghestanian) languages. The course will consist of 13 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 will be 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 will provide an introduction to the languages of the East Caucasian family with special attention to current issues and typologically unusual phenomena.

Topics that will be 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)

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays 19:00-20:30 Moscow time (UTC+3), starting from October 14.

Johanna Nichols‘s lecture will take place on Friday, October 16.


Register to get a zoom link.

The lectures will be broadcast on YouTube here.

Videos of lectures are available on the schedule page.

The information about the lectures is here.

You can find the full schedule here.

The course will be provided in English and free of charge.

Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory (PSST)

Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory (PSST) is a workshop centered around developments in theoretical syntax.

PSST 2021 will focus on typology and variation, and will be a virtual workshop on March 19 and 20, 2021.
Workshop website

PSST 2019, focused on counterexamples and was held in April 2019.
PSST 2018, focused on interfaces and was held in April 2018.

PSST 2021 Speakers
Byron Ahn (Princeton University)
Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University)
Bronwyn Bjorkman (Queen’s University)
Laura Kalin (Princeton University)
Neil Myler (Boston University)
Becky Tollan (University of Delaware)
Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (University of the Basque Country)
Susi Wurmbrand (University of Vienna)

Registration for PSST is free, but participants are asked to register in advance. For details, see the page for the upcoming PSST meeting.

Contact Information
PSST email address: [our 4-letter acronym]

Organizers: Byron Ahn and Laura Kalin (Linguistics)


PhD Student, Goethe University Frankfurt

Department: Modern Languages
Web Address:
Level: PhD
Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Typology

Doctoral Researcher (E13 TV-GU, 65%-part-time) funded for 3 years. The salary grade based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to Goethe-University (TV-G-U).
These positions are part of the Research Training School (RTG) ”Nominal Modification”, funded by the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The starting date is October 1, 2020. Each position will be funded for 3 years including social benefits.

Expectations and tasks:
The students are expected to write a dissertation based on independent research and to actively participate in the courses, workshops, and events offered by the RTG. They will be encouraged and financially supported to participate in international conferences and summer schools, and to conduct empirical research or field work. The students will also be supported in short term stays at an international university. Internationally renowned scholars will be invited for talks and seminars relevant to the research topics of the graduate students.

Detailed information about the aims of the research program, a list of potential dissertation topics, and a list of the faculty involved in the program can be found at

The dissertation should address the overarching topic of nominal modification; the focus can be on any of the linguistic sub-disciplines represented by the participating researchers at Goethe University.

The Research Training Group cooperates closely with the Grade Center ”Language“ of the Goethe Graduate Academy of Goethe-University (GRADE), which allows students to profit from their well-structured doctoral program, which offers a variety of further events and workshops regarding support and networking

Application Requirements:
Applicants should hold an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree completed by October 1, 2020.

Please add the following documents to your application:
– proposal (1-3 pages) in English describing the research topic the candidate plans to work on in his/her doctoral thesis and the candidate’s research interests. The research topic has to be related to nominal modification.
– representative sample of research work (e.g., the M.A. thesis or an advanced seminar paper);
– two names of referees who may be contacted by the search committee by mail;
– Curriculum Vitae (CV);
– transcripts of BA and MA courses (English or German version)
– BA degree
– MA degree (if not already available by the date of application to be handed in the latest by October 1, 2020).

All required documents for the application should be emailed as a pdf file (preferably as one pdf document) to the spokesperson of the graduate school Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke ( Please add as the subject line: nominal modification. Application deadline is March 31 2020. Further inquiries should be directed to the coordinator of the graduate school Dr. Derya Nuhbalaoglu (

Applications Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke
Goethe Universität
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
Frankfurt am Main Hessen 60629

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr. Derya Nuhbalaoglu

Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke

Post Doc – University of Edinburgh

Department: Linguistics and English Language
Job Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax; Typology

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is seeking to appoint a 1.0 FTE Postdoctoral Researcher for a fixed-term period of 36 months. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to join an ERC-funded project “Syntax shaped by cognition: transforming theories of syntactic systems through laboratory experiments” (Principal Investigator: Dr Jennifer Culbertson). This project aims to explore and formalize the cognitive forces that shape natural language syntax.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or Psychology or related disciplines with a proven track record in computational modelling of language or related cognitive processes. Additional experience conducting behavioural experiments is desirable but not required. The post will be based in the Centre for Language Evolution.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Jennifer Culbertson:

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

This full-time position is 35 hours a week, and is available from February 2020, however start date is negotiable.

Salary: £33, 797 – £40, 322

Application Deadline: 15-Jan-2020

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr. Jennifer Culbertson
Phone: 07477129434