Indigenous languages in contact with Russian:
morphosyntactic and semantic interference
30 November – 1 December 2018

Vinogradov Institute for Russian Language (RAS), Moscow

Call for papers

Dear colleagues,

The conference «Indigenous languages in contact with Russian: morphosyntactic and semantic interference» will be held at Vinogradov Institute for Russian Language (RAS), Moscow on 30 November – 1 December 2018.
Main conference topics
  • Borrowing of grammatical and lexical patterns from Russian into indigenous languages of Russia.
  • Radical changes in the grammar of indigenous languages under condition of language shift to Russian.
  • Contact-induced features in the Russian speech of bilinguals, native speakers of indigenous languages.
  • Code-switching and code-mixing.
  • Grammar of Russian pidgins.

Topics which will not be discussed at the conference: sociological aspects of language contact without any linguistic issues; non-standard varieties of Russian outside Russia or the former USSR (including heritage Russian and Russian as a foreign language); methods of correcting interference when teaching Russian; dialectal and regional features of Russian for which there is no reasonable evidence for contact-induced origin; matter borrowing and problems of etymology.

We invite participants working on languages spoken in Russia, experts in the Russian language and/or in sociolinguistics. Talks based on new field data are particularly welcome, as well as corpus-based studies.

The conference programme will include two plenary presentations and oral presentations by other conference participants (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion). The working languages are Russian and English.
The deadline for abstract submission is 1 September 2018. Please, send your anonymous abstracts to the e-mail address
Please, provide the following information in the body of the e-mail
  • Title of your abstract.
  • The authors' first and last names, and affiliations.
  • Your e-mail address and phone number.
Requirements for abstracts
  • 1 page A4 (Times New Roman, 12 pt, single-spaced) + 1 additional page possible including examples, tables, figures, references, list of abbreviations.
  • Language: Russian or English.
    Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than 8 October 2018.
      Organizing fee: 500 rubles (ca. 7 euros).
        A volume of proceedings is planned to be published after the conference, all participants will be invited to submit their papers.
        Important dates
          • 30 November – 1 December 2018: conference (Vinogradov Institute for Russian Language (RAS)).
          • 1 September 2018: submission deadline.
          • 8 October 2018: notification of acceptance.

          Organizing committee

          The conference is organized by the working group on contact interaction of Russian with the indigenous languages of Russia (Vinogradov Institute for Russian Language (RAS), Department of corpus linguistics and linguistic poetics) together with the working group on language contact in the Circumpolar region (Institute of Linguistics (RAS), Department of typology and areal linguistics)
          Egor Kashkin
          RLI RAS
          Olesya Khanina
          IL RAS
          Irina Khomchenkova
          MSU, IL RAS

          Alexander Letuchiy
          RLI RAS, HSE
          Polina Pleshak
          MSU, IL RAS
          Vladimir Plungian
          RLI RAS, IL RAS, MSU
          Maria Sidorova
          Natalya Stoynova
          RLI RAS, IL RAS

          Contact & Venue

          18/2, Volkhonka street, Moscow
          (Kropotkinskaja metro station)
          Москва, ул. Волхонка, 18/2 (м. Кропоткинская)
          If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

          Practical info


            Invited speakers

            Topics of the talks to be announced later
            Nina Dobrushina
            Doctor of Science in Philology, Head of Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, NRU HSE, Moscow
            Evgeniy Golovko
            Doctor of Science in Philology, corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Director, Head of the Department of the National languages of Russia, Institute for Linguistic Studies RAS, St. Petersburg, EUSP Anthropology Department Professor

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