PhD Samona Kurilova

phd Samona Kurilova
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Simona Kurilova will be at our institute from October 2019 until January 2020.



Home institute: The Institute for Humanities Research and Indigenous Studies of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch (Yakutsk, Russia)

Research interests: Yukaghir languages, comparative linguistics, contact linguistics, linguoculturology

The title of the project: «Language Contact in Yukaghir»

The research project studies the interaction between the Yukaghir people and the neighbouring communities from the historical perspective, focusing on language contact and its impact on the Yukaghir language.

The project is sponsored by a DAAD scholarship




Dr. Raphael Barbosa

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will be at our institute from November 2019 until April 2020.

Home institute: Department of Classical and Vernacular Letters / Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences - University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil).

Research interests: Functional linguistics, morphosyntactic typology, description and comparison of Panoan languages, Matis language.

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The project investigates whether the interclausal morphology of the switch-reference system in the Matis language (Panoan) is a result of the grammatical reinterpretation of the pragmatic properties of the Matis case-marking system.


The project is sponsored by a FAPESP scholarship (nº 2019/09686-9).





Former guests

Dr. Linda Konnerth

Dr. Linda Konnerth
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Linda Konnerth, a postdoctoral researcher at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI/BMBF), spent the summer semester 2019 with us.


  • Professional career

    Since 10/2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
      Postdoctoral Scholar (Courtesy appointment), Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
    06/2014–09/2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
    03/2014–06/2014 Adjunct Instructor, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon


  • Research focus

    • Historical linguistics, (diachronic) morphosyntax, language contact
    • Trans-Himalayan/Tibeto-Burman languages, in particular South-Central ("Kuki-Chin"); Northeast India
    • Language description and documentation