languages were researched by HSE linguists in three regions around the world during trips this summer.
Instructors and students from the Fundamental and Computational Linguistics programme (Faculty of Philology) travel each year to conduct field research on languages. This year, they worked with understudied languages in Africa, eastern Siberia, the Volga Region, the Northern Caucasus and the Philippines.
In the mountain villages of Adygea and the Krasnodar Territory, participants of one trip studied the Kuban and Besleney dialects of Kabardino-Cherkess. Another team collected data in the village of Chankurb (Buynakskskiy District, Dagestan) on the Kadarsky dialect of Dargwa. Together with colleagues from the Russian State University for the Humanities, Leipzig University and the University of Chicago, HSE students worked to study the Bzhedug dialect of Adyghe. In the Volga region, researchers set their sights on Moksha and Bashkir, as well as the Besermyan dialect of Udmurt. In Arkhangelsk, trip participants studied dialects of Russian, which University of Bern students took part in alongside their colleagues from the HSE. The team worked on completing a sound collection of the Ustyansky dialect. In Siberia, HSE researchers worked on Buryat alongside colleagues from Moscow State University.
During foreign trips, HSE linguists studied Ifugao in the Philippines, as well as Wan, Jogo and Ngen in Côte d'Ivoire.
From May 31 to June 3, as part of the Red Square Book Fair, a Russian language festival will be held with the help of the HSE School of Philology.
On September 26 and 27, the HSE School of Philology hosted Professor Brian Baer of Kent University (Ohio, USA) for a lecture entitled ‘The Translator’s Biography in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Art, Politics, Identity’, followed by a workshop on ‘Teaching Translation Studies’. Following his lecture and workshop, Professor Baer spoke with the HSE News Service about his career as a translator, the role of the translator in society and his recommendations for international readers looking for exposure to Russian literature.
From September 23 to October 2, the HSE School of Philology (Faculty of Humanities) will host Susanna Witt, Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University (Sweden). During this time she will lecture at a conference on World Literature as a Soviet Project, as well as teach several lectures in the School of Philology.
How Russians think bears little resemblance to Germans’ attention to detail or American cheerfulness. The difference can be explained, at least in part, by looking at linguistic peculiarities. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched by HSE called ‘Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication’ investigates cases when basic Russian cultural values show up through linguistic choices, which may influence the way people act. The nine-week course was first offered in 2014 and was tremendously successful. It will run for the second time starting October 12, 2015. Mira Bergelson, professor in the Faculty of Humanities at HSE and the author of the course, shared the core principles of making contact with people who don’t smile on the street but who may become your best friends after just a few meetings.
Professor Stefania Sini of the Amedeo Avogadro University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy gave a lecture at HSE on the basic principles of the study of narrative. Sini is a philologist who studies the problems of contemporary liberal arts theory and the history of the humanities. She also studies modern Russian culture and in particular, the philosophical ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin.
Professor Georg Witte talked to Ludmila Mezentseva of the HSE news service about his research and about plans for the Free University of Berlin and the HSE Department of Philology to work together