Olesya Khanina

Department: Typology and areal linguistics

Rank: Senior Research Fellow

PhD: 2005 (Moscow State University), MA: 2002 (Moscow State University)

E-mail: olesya.khanina AT gmail.com

Key words: descriptive linguistics and language documentation, language contact, corpus linguistics, languages of Siberia, endangered languages, Enets, typology, sociolinguistics

Languages:  Uralic (Samoyedic, in particular), Turkic

I specialize in Uralic languages, languages of Siberia, language documentation, and linguistic typology. I am interested in corpus-based approach to typology and language documentation. Currently I am preparing a corpus-based pan-dialectal grammar of Enets (Uralic, Samoyedic) and finalizing an electronic corpus of this language; I also work on a sound dictionary of Enets.

Since April 2017, I am leading a research group on language contact in the circumpolar region. Description of the project with a list of upcoming events can be found here.


Academia.edu page: https://iling-ran.academia.edu/OlesyaKhanina

Academic experience

  • 2015 – now: Senior research fellow
    Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)
  • 2018 – 2019: EURIAS post-doctoral fellow
    Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2011 – 2013: Part-time support for Enets corpus development
    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany)
  • 2008 – 2011: Post-doctoral fellow
    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany)
  • 2007 – 2008: British Academy Visiting Fellow
    University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • 2006 – 2007: Post-doctoral fellow
    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany)
  • 2005 – 2005: Visiting PhD student
    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany)
  • 2002 – 2005: Doctoral student
    Moscow State University, Philological Faculty, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Moscow, Russia)
  • (2011 – 2015 on maternity leave with two children)

Extended linguistic fieldwork

  • 2017: Enets, Nganasan (Uralic, Samoyedic), PI
  • 2005, 2008, 2010: Enets (Uralic, Samoyedic), PI
  • 2003, 2004, 2005: Tundra Nenets (Uralic, Samoyedic), Fieldwork Assistant
  • 2002, 2004: Balkar (Turkic), Fieldwork Assistant
  • 2001: Chuvash (Turkic), Fieldwork Assistant
  • 1999, 2000: Mishar Tatar (Turkic), Fieldwork Assistant

List of publications (excluding proceedings)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

In English:

  1. How universal is wanting? Studies in Language 32-4. 2008, 818-865.
  2. Reply to Goddard and Wierzbicka. Studies in Language 34-1. 2010, 124–130.
  3. Choice of case in cross-reference markers: Forest Enets non-finite forms. Finnisch-Ugrische Mitteilungen 37. 2013, 31-44. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  4. A rare type of benefactive construction: evidence from Enets. Linguistics 52-6. 2014, 1391-1431. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  5. Digital resources for Enets: a descriptive linguist’s view. Acta Linguistica Academica: an international journal of linguistics (Acta Linguistica Hungarica), 64 (3), 2017, 417-433.
  6. A case-study in historical sociolinguistics beyond Europe: reconstructing patterns of multilingualism in a linguistic community in Siberia. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics, 4(2), 2018, 221-251. (co-authored with Miriam Meyerhoff).
  7. Documenting a language with phonemic and phonetic variation: the case of Enets. Language documentation and conservation 12, 2018, 430-460.
  8. Enets in space and time: a case study in linguistic geography. Finnisch-Ugrische Mitteilungen 42. 2018, 109-135. (co-authored with Yuri Koryakov and Andrey Shluinsky)
  9. Intransitive verbs in Enets: a contribution to the typology of split intransitivity. To appear in Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 38, 2019. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  10. Competing ditransitive constructions in Enets. To appear in Functions of Language 2020. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)

In Russian:

  1. Opyt opisanija semantičeskoj zony želanija i sredstv ee vyraženija (na materiale čuvashskogo jazyka) [Essay of desiderative semantic zone and its expression (based on Chuvash)], Vestnik MGU, Filologija 5 [Working Papers of Moscow State University, Philology 5]. 2003, 101-116.
  2. Želanie: kognitivno-funkcionalnyj portret [Desire: a cognitive-functional portrait], Voprosy jazykoznanija 4. [Linguistic Inquiry 4]. 2004, 136-169.
  3. Odin tekst na tundrovom dialekte èneckogo jazyka i ego lingvističeskij razbor [One text in Tundra Enets and its linguistic analysis], in Natal’ja B. Koškareva (guest ed.), Naučnyj vestnik Jamalo-Neneckogo avtonomnogo okruga 6-58. Ural’skie jazyki Severa Sibiri [Working Papers of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area 6-58. Uralic languages of the North of Siberia]. Salexard 2008, 139-147.
  4. Èmfatičeskie otricatel'nye glagoly v èneckom jazyke [Emphatic negative verbs in Enets]. Vestnik Tomskogo gosudarstvennogo pedagogičeskogo universiteta 116-1 [Working Papers of Tomsk State Pedagogical University 116-1]. 2012, 115-121. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  5. Imperativnye formy v èneckom jazyke [Enets imperative forms]. Acta Linguistica Petropolitana (Trudy Instituta lingvističeskih issledovanij RAN) XI-2. Jazykovoe raznoobrazie v Rossijskoj Federacii[Acta Linguistica Petropolitana (Transactions of the Institute for Linguistic Studies RAS) XI-2. Linguisticdiversity in Russian Federation]. 2015. 610-626. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  6. Sočinitel'nye strategii èneckogo jazyka [Coordination strategies in Enets]. Uralo-Altaic Studies 21, 2016, 131-148.
  7. Eneckij perfekt: diskursivnye upotreblenija u èvidencial’no-admirativnogo perfekta [Enets Perfect: discourse uses of an evidential-admirative perfect]. Acta Linguistica Petropolitana (Trudy Instituta lingvističeskih issledovanij RAN) XII-2. Issledovanija po teorii grammatiki. Vypusk 7: Tipologija perfekta. [Acta Linguistics Petropolitana (Transactions of the Institute for Linguistic Studies RAS) XII-2. Studies in Grammar Theory, Issue 7: Typology of pefect.]. 2016, 425-474. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  8. Vozmožnosti cifrovyh tehnologij: opisanie allofonov perednih glasnyh, gortannogo smyčnogo i objektnogo soglasovanija glagola v èneckom jazyke [Perspectives of digital technologies: a description of front vowel allophones, a glottal stop, and an object cross-reference in Enets], Uralo-Altaic Studies 3 (26), 2017, 186-207.
  9. Praktiki mnogojazychija v nizovjah Eniseja: opyt sociolingvisticheskogo opisanija situacii v proshlom [Multilingual practices in the lower Yenisei area: a sociolinguistic study of the past], To appear in Tomsk Journal of Linguistics and Anthropology 21, 2019.

Articles in edited volumes

In English:

  1. Intransitive split in Tundra Nenets, or how much semantics can hide behind syntactic alignment? in Wichmann, Søren and Donohue,Mark (eds.), The Typology of Semantic Alignment Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2007, 162-196.
  2. Finite structures in Forest Enets subordination: a case study of language change under strong Russian influence, in Edward J. Vaida (ed.), Subordination and Coordination Strategies in North Asian Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2008, 63-75. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  3. The symbiosis of descriptive linguistics and typology: A case study of desideratives, in Epps, Patience and Arkhipov, Alexandre (eds.), New Challenges in Typology: Transcending the Borders and Refining the Distinctions. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 2009, 199-220.
  4. Mapping the Enets speaking people and their languages // Drude, Sebastian, Nicholas Ostler & Marielle Moser (eds.). Endangered Languages and the Land: Mapping Landscapes of Multilingualism (Proceedings of the Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages 22). London, Reykjavik: EL-Publishing. 2019. Online available at http://elpublishing.org (co-authored with Yuri Koryakov)
  5. Enets-Russian language contact. To appear in Grenoble, Lenore & Forker, Diana (eds.) 2020. Language contact in the territory of the former Soviet Union (Studies in Language Variation). New York: Benjamins.
  6. Tundra and Forest Enets. Commissioned for Abondolo, Daniel & Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi (eds.). 2020. The Uralic languages, 2nd edition. London and New York: Routledge. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)

In Russian:

  1. Deziderativnye konstrukcii v jazykah mira [Desiderative constructions in languages of the world], in Aktual’nye problemy filologičeskoj nauki: vzgljad novogo pokolenija. Doklady studentov i aspirantov filologičeskogo fakul’teta MGU imeni M.V.Lomonosova. Vyp. 2. [Topical problems of philological research: view of the new generation. Papers by graduate students of Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Issue 2]. Moscow: Moscow State University. 2003, 274-292.
  2. Dezederativ i realnost’ [Desiderative and reality], in Lander Ju.A., Plungian V.A., Urmanchieva A.Ju. (eds.). Irrealis and irrealnostj. [Irrealis and irreality]Moscow: Gnozis. 2004, 414-429. (with English abstract)
  3. Konstrukcii s grammatikalizovannym konverbom glagola reči [Constructions with grammaticalized converb of speech verb], in Lyutikova E.A., Kazenin K.I., Tatevosov S.G., Solovyev V.D. (eds.). Misharskij dialekt tatarskogo jazyka. Ocherki po sintaksisu i semantike. [Mishar dialect of Tatar. Essays on syntax and semantics]. Kazan. 2007, 126-140.
  4. Internet-sajty, posv’aš’ennye minoritarnym jazykam: zarubežnyj opyt [Web-sites devoted to minority languages: foreign experience], in Jazykovoe raznoobrazie v kiber-prostranstve: rossijskij i zarubežnyj opyt. (Rossijskij komitet programmy UNESCO “Informacija dl’a vsex”) [Linguistic diversity in ciber-space: Russian and foreign experience (Russian committee of the UNESCO program “Information for all”)]. Moscow: Mežrigionalnyj centr bibliotečnogo sotrudničestva. 2008, 96-103. Accessible at http://www.ifapcom.ru/files/publications/yaz_raznoobr_sb.pdf
  5. Jadernye padeži suščestvitel'nyx v èneckom jazyke: v poiskax adekvatnogo opisanija [Core cases in Enets: a search for an appropriate description]. In: Agranat, Tatiana, et al. (eds.). Lingvističeskij bespredel – 2. [Festschrift for Ariadna Kuznecova]. Moscow: Izdatel'stvo Moskovskogo universiteta. 2013, 76-94. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  6. Pr’amoj objekt v èneckom jazyke: objektnoe soglasovanie glagola [Direct object in Enets: verbal object cross-reference], in Lyutikova E.A., Zimmerling A.V., Konoshenko M.B. (eds.). Tipologija morfosintaksičeskih parametrov: materialy mezhdunarodnoj konferencii “Tipologija morfosintaksičeskih parametrov” [Typology of morphosyntactic parameters: materials of the international conference “Typology of morphosyntactic parameters”], Issue 2. Moscow, 2015, 392-410. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)
  7. Eneckij jazyk [The Enets language], in Mikhaljchenko V.Ju. (ed.). Jazyk i obščestvo. Enciklopedija [Language and society. Encyclopedia.]. Moscow: Azbukovnik. 2016, 588-593. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)


In English:

  1. Review on “Preferred Argument Function. Grammar as architecture for function” by John W. Du Bois, Lorraine E. Kumpf, William J. Ashby (eds.) (Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 2003), in LinguistList. 28 June 2004. http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-1982.html
  2. Review on “A Grammar of Moseten” by Jeanette Sakel (Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter), in LinguistList. 29 April 2005. http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-1245.html

In Russian:

  1. Review on “Subordination” by Sonia Cristofaro (Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2003), Voprosy jazykoznanija 2. 2005.
  2. Review on “Enets” by Irina P. Sorokina (Saint-Petersburg: Nauka. 2010), Uralic-Altaic Studies 1-4. 2011. (co-authored with Andrey Shluinsky)


Recent conference presentations

  1. Syntax of the world’s languages VIII, September 2018 (Paris, France) "Enets non‐finite clauses: an intergenerational study of a seriously endangered language" (with Maria Ovsjannikova)
  2. The annual meeting of Societas Linguistica Europeana, August 2018 (Tallinn, Estonia) "Languages of Tajmyr in contact: multilingualism patterns in the 20th century"
  3. Endangered Languages and the Land: Mapping Landscapes of Multilingualism, Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference XXII, August 2018 (Reykjavik, Iceland) "Mapping the Enets speaking people and their languages" (with Yuri Koryakov)
  4. Advances in Samoyedic comparative linguistics, May 2018 (Moscow, Russia) "The Proto-Samoyedic reconstruction and Enets back vowels"
  5. Before the shift: sociolinguistic description of indigenous communities of Russia, April 2018 (Moscow, Russia) "Multilingualism and linguistic ideologies in the lower reaches of Yenisei"
  6. Vielfaltslinguistik - 2. Konferenz zu Typologie und Feldforschung, March 2018 (Berlin, Germany) "Nganasan – Tundra Enets contacts: geography, chronology, sociolinguistic settings, and their linguistic results" (with Valentin Gusev)
  7. Small languages in big linguistics, November 2017 (Moscow, Russia) "What happens to a language when it is not used any more (evidence from Forest Enets non-finite forms)" (with Maria Ovsjannikova)
  8. Language contact in the circumpolar world, October 2017 (Moscow, Russia) "Languages of Tajmyr in contact: the 20th century"
  9. 2nd workshop on Uralic prosody, September 2017 (Budapest, Hungary) "An invitation for a study of the Enets prosody: Enets digital corpora"
  10. Syntax of Uralic Languages, June 2017 (Budapest, Hungary) "Enets object cross-reference: syntactic marking of information structure" (with Andrey Shluinsky)
  11. Guest talk at the University of Helsinki, June 2017 "Language contact in the circumpolar world: a case-study of the Tajmyr peninsula in Siberia"
  12. Contact-driven multilingual practices, June 2017 (Helsinki, Finland) "Two indigenous languages of Siberia in contact: Enets and Nganasan in the 20th century"
  13. Open seminar of the research group ‘Dynamics of language contact in the circumpolar region’, May 2017 (Moscow, Russia) "Lower Yenisei: Enets, Nenets, Nganasans, Evenkis" (with Andrey Shluinsky)
  14. Conference commemorating Ariadna I. Kuznecova, March 2017 (Moscow, Russia) "Samoyedic object cross-reference: new evidence from Enets" (with Andrey Shluinsky)