Zaira Khalilova has been working at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 2019.
Zaira Khalilova was born in 1983 in Makhachkala. In 2005 she graduated with honors from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Dagestan State University.
From 2005 to 2009 she studied in full-time graduate school at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
On December 17, 2009 she defended her PhD thesis "Grammar of the Khwarshi language" at Leiden University.
From 2010 to 2015 she worked as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
From 2016 to 2019 she worked at the Tsadasa Institute of Language, Literature and Art DSC RAS, Makhachkala
From 2019 she has been working in the Laboratory for Study and Preservation of Minority Languages of at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Since 2003 Zaira Khalilova has been actively conducting fieldwork on the Tsez languages in Dagestan.
- case system of Tsez languages
- syntax and semantics of polypredicative constructs
- temporal systems
- Grant of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research No 17-04-00581 - Khwarshi language: issues of grammar, texts, general vocabulary, 2017 – 2019, principal investigator: Yakov Testelets. Participants: Zaira Khalilova, Majid Khalilov, Liliya Karimova.
- 2008: block-seminar "Languages of the Caucasus" (together with Bernard Comrie and Diane Forker) Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany
- 2014: block-seminar "Introduction to the languages of the Caucasus", Jena University, Jena, Germany
- 2015: block-seminar "Introduction to the languages of the Caucasus", Jena University, Jena, Germany
A complete list of publications is available at this link.
- Bernard Comrie, Diana Forker, Zaira Khalilova, and †Helma van den Berg, 2021. Antipassives in Nakh-Daghestanian Languages: Exploring the Margins of a Construction. In Katarzyna Janic and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (eds), The Multifaceted Nature of Antipassive (Typological Studies in Language). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 515–548.
- Comrie, Bernard, Diana Forker & Zaira Khalilova. 2018. Affective constructions in Tsezic languages. In Barðdal, Jóhanna, Na'ama Pat-El and Stephen Mark Carey (eds.) Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects. The Reykjavík-Eyjafjallajökull papers. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
- Khalilova, Z. 2016. Word formation in Khwarshi. In Müller, Peter O., Ingeborg Ohnheiser, Susan Olsen & Franz Rainer (eds.), 2015. Word-Formation: An International Handbook of the Languages of Europe. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. (= Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science, HSK 40. pp. 3647-3659).
- Comrie, B., Khalilov, M. & Khalilova, Z. 2015. Valency and valency classes in Bezhta. In Andrej Malchukov, Martin Haspelmath & Bernard Comrie (eds.). Valency classes. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton, pp. 541-570.
- Comrie, B., Forker, D., & Khalilova, Z. 2013. Alignment typology, reflexives, and reciprocals in Tsezic languages. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 37S(2), 32-51.
- Comrie, B., Forker, D., & Khalilova, Z. 2012. Adverbial clauses in the Tsezic languages. In V. Gast, & H. Diessel (Eds.), Clause Linkage in Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 157-190.
- Khalilova, Z. 2011. Evidentiality in Tsezic Languages. Linguistic Discovery, 9(2), 30-48.
- Khalilova, Z. 2009. A Grammar of Khwarshi. PhD dissertation, Leiden University. Utrecht: LOT, Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics.