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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Anton Kukhto is giving a talk.

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

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Tatiana Nikitina (Paris – LLACAN/INALCO).

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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.

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 Sergey Say‘s plenary lecture.

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