Archive for October, 2014

Why is it better to be young and to be a student?

October 24, 2014


Certainly because only graduate students can make it up for GeNSLing conferences and participate there! The level of the student linguistics in Moscow is very high (and sometimes pretty tall, too – see Andrei Kosenkov on the picture above).

This year my colleagues and me – the organizing committee of the Typology of Morhphosyntactic Parameters 2014 conference  – worked in tight cooperation with your young, enthusiastic and absolutely smart guys (and certainly and primarily, gals) from the GeNSling 2014 organizing committee. GeNSling, if you forgot it, is an abbreviation from ‘General, Nordic and Slavic linguistics conference for graduate students’. Both conferences shared the same venue – SMSUH Moscow, but it definitely was more difficult to make it for GeNSling than for TMP. Assume that you are a graduate student – you can, if you dare to, apply for TMP, but once your abstract proposal is rejected by TMP organizers, it won’t even be regarded by GeNSLing. And you are so old and ruined that you no longer are a graduate student, no External Force, no sententional argument, no political argument can make GeNSling committee accept your talk.

The GeNSling 2014 was guided by a firm hand of its chair, Maria Konoshenko (on the picture below).


Ms. President.

Even the energetic IMLR director, Maria Shkapa who previously conquered both Irish and Nepali villages this year, looked kind and cheerful at GeNSling where she gave a talk.


Ms. Director.

This year a poster session was organized at GeNSling 2014. On the picture below, one can see Daniel Aeberli (center) and Caroline Bilde Krogh-Jensen (both – University of Copenhagen). To the left – Jens Nørgård-Sørensen, their supervisor in Copenhagen.


During the poster session.

Maria Koroleva who was part of GeNSling 2014 organizing committee, made a poster presentation, too. But on the picture below she is chairing another GeNSling session.


Maria Koroleva.

There were two great plenary lectures delivered by GeNSling plenary speakers, Andrei Shluinsky (on the picture below) and Sergey Say. These guys looked so relaxed because that had a guaranted place in the programme, of course…


Andrei Shluinsky, GeNSling 2014 plenary speaker.

In Moscow, conference participants usually desire being placed in the slots around 9.00 (which is early morning in this country (+ 3 GSM) and compete for these slots. This honour on October 16 was finally given to Anton Kukhto (University of Moscow) who gave a talk on lexical tones in Irish dialects. Of course, TMP plenary speakers, Yuri Kusmenko and Tomas Riad came to his talk.


Anton Kukhto is giving a talk.

Aigars Kalnins (University of Copenhagen) gave his talk on Hittite nt-numerals just after Anton Kukhto.


Aigars Kalnins (University of Copenhagen).

Some of the presentations were of even more abstract nature than Aigars’ talk on Hittite numerals, for instance, this one devoted to polysemy in cooking terminology.


 Irina Pinkhasik’s presentation. Roman Ronko (chair) looks amazed and Jurij Kusmenko (left) is pensive.

Anton Somin (on the picture below) is a well-known young linguist and singer. But he is not singing on the picture below: he is giving a talk on lexical polynomy in Belorussian youth sociolects.


Anton Somin (RANEPA).

Sometimes it was difficult to see a link between the participant’s getup and the topic of his (her) talk. Guess the topic of Irina Burukina‘s talk (on the picture below). The correct answer is: implicit possessives.


Irina Burukina (RSUH)

The Paris fashion was embodied on the conference by TMP presenters Tatyana Nikitina (on the picture below) and Maria Khachaturjan. The stripes on Tatyana’s pullover strictly correlate to lexical tones in the language of Wan (South Mande), as recommended by Paris LLACAN dress-code.


Tatiana Nikitina (Paris – LLACAN/INALCO).


Evgenia Korovina,  looking at Mayan languages.

Everyone has been fed during GeNSling/ TMP coffee-breaks. What about pivot-feeding? If you are not fed up with typology, go to Sergey Say‘s GeNSLing plenary lecture.


 Sergey Say‘s plenary lecture.

Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters 2014

October 22, 2014


My colleagues and me were happy to launch a series of conferences in parametric typology “Typology of morphosyntactic parameters” in 2011. Now, we are happy to state that our series of TMP annual conferences thrives and the TMP-2014 meeting (SMSUH Moscow, 15-17 October 2014) could attract such great plenary speakers as Jurij Kusmenko (second from the right on the picture above – speaking with Elena Lorentzen (f. right), Daniel Aeberli, Aigairs Kalnins and Vladislav Romashev), Tomas Riad, Sergei Tatevosov (see the pictures below) and other linguists which aim to harmonize formal models of language with empirical adequacy and verificability.

IMG_0858                                                                                                   Tomas Riad

IMG_1868  Sergei Tatevosov

Special thanks to my colleagues and friends Ekaterina Lyutikova who was the organizing spirit of the conference and managed to maintain the highest level of discussion – not only in her own brilliant talk, but also as principal discussant and moderator throughout the whole meeting, and Jens Nørgård-Sørensen,  without whose help the TMP meeting in its current shape were impossible.

IMG_0873Ekaterina Lyutikova

IMG_1128Jens Nørgård-Sørensen

The TMP-2014 meeting was organized in cooperation with an affiliated conference for graduate students, 2nd Annual conference in General, Germanic and Slavic linguistics for graduate students, GeNSling 2014.

The programme of TMP-2014 and GeNSLing 2014 can be found below. See also TMP website (to be updated) at

TMP presentations are on white background, GeNSLing presentations are on cyan background.

Wednesday, October 15

Sholokhov MSUH, Verkhnyaya Radishchevskaya 16-18, room 200

9-30 – 10-00 Registration (TMP and GeNSLing)
10-00 – 10-15 Opening session
10-15 – 11-15 Plenary lecture ITomas Riad, Stockholm University

The interface between prosody and morphosyntax in SwedishMoskva_2014_TMP_talk_Riad[1]

11-15 – 11-45 Anton Zimmerling, MSUH, MoscowThetic sentences: Semantics and derivation Zimmerling_TMP2014
11-45 – 12-10 Coffee break
12-10 – 13-40 Session “Clause structure”
12-10 – 12-40 Pavel Grashchenkov, Institute of Oriental Studies (RAS), MSU, MoscowTo find thinking, or some observations on the regularity of the incompatible
12-40 – 13-10 Tatiana Nikitina, LLACAN-CNRS, ParisTonal evidence for syntactic constituency in Wan (Mande)
13-10 – 14-30 Lunch
14-30 – 15-20 GeNSling Plenary lecture IAndrey Shluinsky, IL RAS, MoscowEvent, subevent and macroevent: Semantics and typological data
15-20 – 15-45 Anastasia Ivanova, MSU, MoscowAdjectives with variable scope in Russian
15-45 – 16-10 Irina Burukina, RSUH, MoscowThe contexts for establishing implicit possessors in Russian
16-10 – 16-35 Maria Shkapa, IL RAS / MSUH, MoscowTwo words for ‘always’ in Manange (Tibeto-Burman): Towards the typology of adverbial quantifiers
16-35 – 17-00 Coffee break
17-00 – 18-00 Section “Grammatical semantics”
17-00 – 17-30 Jens Nørgård-Sørensen, University of CopenhagenThe Old Russian past tenses – development and usage
17-30 – 18-00 Aleksey Kozlov, MSU, MoscowThe Resultative and the Impersonal in Moksha Mordvin

Thursday, October 16

Sholokhov MSUH, Verkhnyaya Radishchevskaya 16-18, room 200

9-00 – 9-25 Anton Kukhto, MSU, Moscow“…Mon semblable — mon frère”: Lexical stress and boundary tone in southern dialects of Irish
9-25 – 9-50 Aigars Kalniņš, University of CopenhagenAnatolian nt-numerals and the collective guise of an individualizing suffix
9-50 – 10-15 Irina Pinkhasik, IRL RASNames of meat dishes in dictionaries of Slavic languages
10-15 – 10-40 Anton Somin, RANEPAЦішоткасаколка or футболка: The influence of the sociolinguistic situation on the lexicon(as exemplified by Belorussian everyday terms)
10-40 – 11-00 Coffee break
11-00 – 13-00 Section “Clause combining”
11-00 – 11-30 Natalia Serdobolskaya, RSUH, MSUH, Moscow Anastasia Kozhemyakina, MSU, MoscowThe semantics of complement clauses and the agreement pattern of the matrix verb in Moksha Mordvin
11-30 – 12-00 Maria Kholodilova, ILS RAS, St. PetersburgThe agreement with heads of relative clauses in Russian
12-00 – 12-30 Maria Privizentseva, MSU, MoscowFree relatives in Moksha Mordvin
12-30 – 13-00 Maria Khachaturyan, INALCO—LLACAN, CNRS, ParisNominalization strategies in Mano (South Mande)
13-00 – 14-00 Lunch
14-00 – 14-30 Tatiana Yanko, IL RAS, MoscowThe language-internal variation of topic-focus order: Russian sentences with initial new information
14-30 – 15-30 Plenary lecture IIJurij Kuzmenko, Humboldt University, Berlin, ILS RAS, St. PetersburgThe typology of the development of suffixal articles
15-30 – 16-30 Session “Formal models of language”Room 200 Session “Clause combining”Room 212
15-30 – 16-00 Elena Kozerenko, Institute of Informatics Problems (RAS), MSUH, MoscowThe parametric description of functional meanings in linguistic modeling А.Б. Летучий, НИУ ВШЭ, ИРЯ РАН, МоскваFinite complements of finite verbs, nonfinite complements of nonfinite verbs
16-00 – 16-30 Е.ВЛорентцен, University of CopenhagenConjunction, disjunction and negation in Russian: On the universality of logical and formal semantic descriptive models Mikhail Knyazev, Saint Petersburg State UniversityOn the control of first-person agreement in complement clauses: complements introduced by the verb gǝ- ‘to say’ in Buryat
16-30 – 16-50 Coffee break
16-50 – 18-20 Section “Noun phrases and case”Room 200 Section “Clitics and word order”Room 212
16-50 – 17-20 Ekaterina Lyutikova, MSU, MSUH, MoscowThe Russian genitive possessor and formal models of noun phrases Elena Ivanova, Saint Petersburg State University Galina Petrova, Asen Zlatarov University, Burgas, BulgariaConstraints on clitic clusters in Bulgarian (with Serbian and Macedonian parallels)
17-20 – 17-50 Alfiya Galieva, Institute for Applied Semiotics (Tatarstan Academy of Sciences), KazanIndividualizing semantics in the Tatar case system Marfa Tolstaya, Institute of Slavic Studies (RAS), MoscowThe East Slavic loss of phrasal clitics in time and space
17-50 – 18-20 Tatiana Bondarenko, MSU, MoscowAccusative subjects in Buryat Lyudmila Khokhlova, MSU, MoscowWord order in Hindi: Prose and poetry

Friday, October 17

Sholokhov MSUH, Verkhnyaya Radishchevskaya 16-18, room 200

9-00 – 10-30 Session “Clause structure”
9-00 – 9-30 Anna Volkova, HSE, MoscowEstablishing anaphoric dependencies and the puzzle of split antecedents
9-30 – 10-00 Sofia Nikiforova, MSU, MoscowCausative in Moksha Mordvin
10-00 – 10-30 Alena Aksenova, MSU, MoscowCross-categorial negation marker -гʏй in Buryat
10-30 – 10-50 Coffee break
10-50 – 12-20 Session “Noun phrases and case”Room 200 Session “Clause structure”Room 12
10-50 – 11-20 Natalya Yu. Gvozdeckaja, RSUH, Moscow, M.A. Filippova, Ivanovo SUMorphology of ethnonyms as marker of Old English Formulaic systems Natalia Sergeeva, HSE, MoscowObject agreement of purpose infinitives in Moksha Mordvin
11-20 – 11-50 Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead, University of CopenhagenArchaic and medieval Slavic ‘pickpocket’ compounds of the typesRus Vladiměr, Cz Kazimír and Pol Zbrosław Andrej Sideltsev, IL RAS, MoscowHittite clause structure
11-50 – 12-20 Polina Pleshak, MSU, MoscowThe animacy hierarchy and the choice of the possessive construction in Moksha Mordvin Yakov Testelec, RSUH, IL RAS, MoscowThe syntax of Russian idiomatic expressions
12-20 – 13-10 Poster session
13-10 – 14-10 Lunch
14-10 – 15-00 GeNSling Plenary lecture IISergey Say, ILS RAS, Saint PetersburgExpanding the typology of pivot-feeding operations: the case of the causative
15-00 – 15-25 Ilya Egorov, MSU, MoscowMeans of expessing future in Moksha Mordvin
15-25 – 15-50 Andrei Chernyshev, HSE, Nizhny NovgorodKsenia Ershova, University of ChicagoMorphological recursion in Adyghe nominalizations
15-50 – 16-15 Roman Ronko, MSUH, MoscowThe syntax of infinitival clauses with nominative direct objects in Old Russian
16-15 – 16-40 Maria Konoshenko, RSUH/MSUH/IL RAS, MoscowThe number of the controller as a parameter of agreement
16-40 – 17-00 Coffee break
17-00 – 18-00 Plenary lecture IIISergei Tatevosov, MSU, MoscowTowards a theory of non-cumulative achievements
18-00 – 18-30 Closing session

TMP / GenSLing poster session (room 200)

Caroline Bilde Krogh-Jensen, University of Copenhagen

Translation of aspectual meanings from Russian into Danish — A case study of Chekhovian narrative style and translational implications

Daniel Aeberli, University of Copenhagen

Gender Assignment in Danish

Andrey Kosenkov, Sholokhov MSUH

The choice between “second” and “third” Ezafe in Bashkir

Evgeniya Korovina, RSUH/IL RAS

The distribution of possessive and non-possessive forms in Mayan languages

Maria Koroleva, Sholokhov MSUH / MSU

The Scandinavian adstratum of the Scottish Gaelic language