The first!

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No, that’s not a sports competition and not a song contest. This is kinda warning from the secretary board – you guys have only ONE minute left for your presentation. And the picture is taken at the first defense procedure in the history of our MA-programmes, this year it was ‘General and typological linguistics’.

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Fathers and sons. Actually, rather daughters-in-science: Peter Arkadiev (far left, standing) and his MA-student Liza Kushnir (far right, standing).

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Istoki (Russ. ‘origins’ or ‘backgrounds’). So reads the text behind the guy (Andrei Kosenkov). His MA-dissertation is about the origins and evolution of the suffixed article in Scandinavian languages.

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The venue. Incidentally, the defence procedure took place in Mikhail Sholokhov’s room at SMSUH. Nobody from the group has chosen a topic related to Sholokhov’s analysis or text analysis of other art texts. This is natural, since the focus of this particular MA-programmes is a bit different -linguistic typology. But actually the MA-dissertation Yakov Testelets (on the picture above) was acting as opponent was about Russian grammar – WhyPs in Russian.

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Listening to their fellow and preparing their own presentations. From left to right: Vlad Romashev, Lidia Kirpo, Roman Ronko, Liza Kushnir and Andrei Kosenkov.

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