Archive for November, 2013

The playground mob at TMP 2013

November 9, 2013

The Playground Mob at TMP 2013


The Boss


Don Pedro Gomez


The hitmen of the group Demetrius and Helgi report recent killings of abstract proposals. The boss looks amused.


Bodyguards Romano and Ladislao


Bloody Maries

Geographical sketches

November 5, 2013


The geography of the countries represented by the speakers and the audience of the 2013 TMP/GeNSLing conferences turned out to be rather wide. One the keynote speakers Ora Matushansky represented CNRS/Université Paris VIII/UiL OTS and  Utrecht University. Six participants hailed from the university of Copenhagen.


Dr. Yulia Ledeneva came from Mexico-City.


MA-Student Daniel Aeberli (Copenhagen, left) and professor Suren Zolyan (Yerevan).


Professor Ivan Derzhansky (Sofia).


…and back to Paris: professor Valentin Vydrin (LLACAN/INALCO).

GeNSLing 2013

November 5, 2013


Maria Koroleva (GeNSLing organizer, center) is listening to conference presentations with Roman Ronko (left) — he gave his talk at GeNSLing, Nina Kadomskaya (conference secretary). Lyudmila Khoklova (far right) and Maria Usacheva (back row, right) both gave their talks in the TMP programme.

The conferences in the series ‘Typology of morphosyntactic parameters’ (TMP) have already become traditional but the 2013 conference was unusual, since we organized a special session for MA-students and Phd-students and dubbed it GeNSLing 2013 which reads  ‘First International Conference on General, Nordic and  Slavic Linguistics for MA-students and Phd-students’.

GeNSling 2013 was organized as an autonomous conference with a different though related focus of interest. It had its own organizational and programme committees, see here:

At the same time, TMP 2013 and GeNSLing 2013 shared both the venue and the audience, so that young scholars participating at GeNSLing could benefit from the discussion and comments from their TMP colleagues. The main TMP programme was scheduled until 16.00, followed up by by GeNSLing with just a short coffee break in between.

Elderly colleaguages (I guess the readers know that people after 20 grew old unless they go in for sports, generative grammar and typology) grudged that they have been discriminated. Imagine that you are a student and can apply both for TMP 2013 and GeNSLing 2013. Good choice. But if you are not and cannot qualify as a student or young sholar, you are only left with TMP and parametric typology. A really sad story.


Jens Nørgård-Sørensen (University of Copenhagen) with GeNSling 2013 participants Liza Kushnir (SMSUH) and Maxim Fedotov (Sankt-Petersburg).

The GeNSling 2013 and the TMP 2013 conference this year were organized with support from the joint project of Nordic Council of Ministers and Russian Ministry for Education and Culture NCM-RU 10127Colloboration in MA-students’ mobility: MA-programmes in General and Slavic linguistics‘. The project network includes three Scandinavian Universities – University of Copenhagen, University of Stockholm and University of Tampere and one Russian university – SMSUH Moscow which hosted and organized the TMP/GeNSLing conferences.

Three GeNSling participants (two of them being master students) hailed from the University of Copenhagen, and three more colleagues including the project leader, professor Jens Nørgård-Sørensen representing the same university gave talks in the main TMP programme. Three Russian MA-students from our university (SMSUH Moscow) gave talks in the GeNSLing programme and two SMSUH researchers – Dmitry Ganenkov and Maria Konoshenko (who also gave her talk in the GeNSLing programme) together with SMSUH student Maria Koroleva  were GeNSLing organizers. I would also like to thank other SMSUH students, notably Nina Kadomskaja, Vladislav Romashev, Andrei Kosenkov and Maria Trubycina for their help.

Anonymous abstracts submitted for GeNSLing 2013 were evaluated by GeNSLing programme committee. Congrats to the survivors!

Unfortunately we could not locate all talks because of a limited number of slots and a hard competition but we will think of organizing a poster section next year.


Jens Nørgård-Sørensen and Peter Arkadiev (SMSUH, head of the TMP programme committee) are always dead serious.

IMG_0059…even here.

First Conference on General, Nordic and Slavic Linguistics
for Undergraduate and Doctoral Students (GeNSLing 2013)

Wednesday, October 16.

Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, conference room

 Chair: Vera Podlesskaya

16:20–16:45 Elizaveta Kushnir (Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences / Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities)


Negation in Yaure (South Mande). [In Russian]

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16:45–17:10 Maksim Fedotov (Saint Petersburg State University / Institute of Linguistic Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences)


Sentence-level grammatical markers and the interaction of morphosyntax and phonology in Gban (South Mande). [In Russian]

17:10–17:35 Мaria Konoshenko (Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences / Russian State University for the Humanities / Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities)

Person-number agreement in Mande: disentangling the knot of morphosyntactic parameters. [In Russian]

YouTube link:

17:35–18:00 Martin Schou Madsen (University of Copenhagen)


ЈЕДАН and НЕКИ: surrogates for indefinite articles in the linguistic system of Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

18:00–18:25 Daniel Aeberli (University of Copenhagen)

Variation in the category of animacy. [In Russian]

Thursday, October 17.

Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities, room 200

Chair: Maria Konoshenko

16:20–16:45 Maria Shkapa (Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences)

Animacy, finiteness and the order of arguments: the case of Manange. [In Russian]

16:45–17:10 Maria Shmatova (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

Constructions of quantity in Mordvin languages: number marking of nouns. [In Russian]

17:10–17:35 Alena Aksenova (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

Nominal partitive and pseudopartitive constructions. A comparison of Danish and Russian. [In Russian]

17:35–18:00 Caroline Bilde Krogh-Jensen (University of Copenhagen)


То-то вот оно и есть. The Danish affirmative marker jo and its pragmatic equivalents in Russian. [In Russian]

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18:00–18:25 Andrew McKishnie (University of Ottawa)

Depictives in East Slavic: Two Cases, How Many Structures?

Friday, October 18.

Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities, room 200

Chair: Maria Koroleva

16:20–16:45 Oksana Chuykova (Saint Petersburg State University / Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences)


The expression of intension and prediction in future reference in Russian. [In Russian]

16:45–17:10 Roman Ronko (Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities)

A comparison of case polysemy in the Old Russian 12th century manuscript “The Questions of Kirik” (1130–1156) and Novgorod birchbark letters of the corresponding period (ca. 1125–ca. 1160). [In Russian]

17:10–17:35 Lydia Kirpo (Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities / University of Geneva)

Reason in Russian.

17:35–18:00 Elena Luchina (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

A classification of Russian verbs with lexical negation. [In Russian]

18:00– Conference closure

Backward Face Control: TMP 2013

November 2, 2013

Here one can see a few pics made at the TMP 2013 conference in Moscow, October 16-18,  2013. Many thanks to Sergei Savin and Maria Markina.


Backward control  (Dmitry Ganenkov).


Engendered features (Ora Matushansky).


Superiority effect (Oleg Belyaev).


Class(y) agreement (Sofia Yaroshevich).


With deads in a dead language? (Andrey Sideltsev on Hittite syntax).


Did you really say… that semantics is crap??! (Ilya Itkin – (left) vs. Jens Nørgård-Sørensen).


Affirmative modality (Caroline Bilde Crogh-Jensen).


Evidentiality (Maria Markina from SMSUH Technical Support Team and her camera).