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Linguistic Theory and Language Description
Master’s Programme

Linguistic Theory and Language Description

2 years
Full-time programme
200 000 –
400 000 RUB/year
Tuition Fee in 2024
Russian government and HSE scholarships and tuition fee waivers available
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On October 1-2, the fourth retreat seminar of the Society of Field Linguists took place, organized jointly by the staff of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory and the Institute for Linguistic Studies (RSA).
October 20, 2022
The start of a new academic year is an excellent time to plan the next steps in your academic career. On September 1, HSE University announced the start of its annual Student Research Paper Competition (SRPC-2022). Participation is open to students of Russian and international universities and to 2022 graduates. Last year, a total of 2,196 papers were submitted to the SRPC, of which 435 were from external participants.
September 01, 2022
Dagestan is a relatively new territory for the spread of the Russian language. At the end of the 19th century, very few people spoke Russian here. In addition to indigenous languages, which Dagestan is very rich in (linguists count more than forty languages ​​in this small territory), local people spoke Azerbaijani, Georgian, Chechen and Arabic. But there has never been a language common for all residents of Dagestan (the language of interethnic communication or lingua franca). Russian became the first such language for Dagestan.
December 15, 2021
Useful links to the beginning of the new academic year
September 01, 2021
From February 4 to March 20, the School of Linguistics hosted a series of lectures on the foundations of language evolution. The course was read by Damian Blasi, the member of Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, an author and co-author of works on fundamental problems in creole linguistics, linguistic symbolism and the history of linguistic diversity. In his lectures Damian Blasi considered both the main aspects of the theory of the language evolution, as well as more narrow topics, such as the structure of animal communication systems and their differences from human language, the time of the speech appearance in humans, biological and genetic foundations of language ability, multilingualism, and models of linguistic evolution. 
March 26, 2021
Why might a grandmother and her grandson not understand each other? Why would linguists want to go to Dagestan? Is it possible to save the less commonly spoken languages of small nations and Russian dialects? Nina Dobrushina, Head of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory answered these questions in an interview with HSE News Service.
October 01, 2019
On September 17 and 19, the HSE School of Linguistics had an honor to host Marianne Mithun, a prominent American linguist focusing on typology and indigenous languages of North America. Marianne has gracefully agreed to answer our questions about her research and her impression from HSE.
September 26, 2019
Ilya Chechuro took first prize in the HSE research paper competition for his paper, 'Quantitative Analysis of Pitch Movement in Spontaneous Speech of Regional Russian Native Speakers', which he wrote under the supervision of Olga Ljashevskaja. 

January 22, 2019
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January 14, 2019
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