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LINGUIST List 18.2460

Wed Aug 22 2007

FYI: Russian and Cognitive Linguistics

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        1.    Laura Janda, Russian and Cognitive Linguistics

Message 1: Russian and Cognitive Linguistics
Date: 22-Aug-2007
From: Laura Janda <laura.jandahum.uit.no>
Subject: Russian and Cognitive Linguistics
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Announcing a special opportunity for MA-level students of linguistics:
“Master Class in RUSSIAN LINGUISTICS – Spring Semester at the University of

NOTE: The University of Tromsø does not charge tuition, so the only costs
involved are travel and living expenses. The Erasmus program may provide
funding for students from EU countries, and other funding opportunities may
be available for students from other countries.

The only requirements are that students have good knowledge of both English
and Russian and be prepared to study for one semester at the MA level.

Some advantages of studying in Tromsø:
--One of the largest, best funded linguistics programs in the world
--Mentorship by Laura A. Janda and Tore Nesset
--Scenic setting, with a legendary combination of city comforts and access
to unspoiled nature
--Rich cultural life, including everything from classical to modern music,
theater and films, internationally acclaimed festivals
--International milieu welcomes people from all backgrounds

The key component of this program is an MA-level course entitled “Concepts
and Categories: Contemporary Russian Cognitive Linguistics” taught by Tore
Nesset and Laura Janda. This course recognizes the crucial affinities of
Russian functional linguistics and Cognitive Linguistics and showcases a
series of articles representing the best of both traditions. Other
highlights include guest lectures and a symposium showcasing students’
research. All students can take advantage of individualized advising on a
topic of their choice, and participate in empirical research projects, such
as “Exploring Emptiness”, led by Tore Nesset and Laura Janda.

Students will come to Tromsø for a spring semester. In addition to the
course in Russian and Cognitive Linguistics, students will choose from
among various tracks emphasizing special strengths of the University of Tromsø:

Russian studies: Further advanced study of Russian language and culture,
with possible special emphasis on popular culture

Theoretical linguistics: State-of-the-art courses in phonology and syntax
through the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics

Scandinavian studies: Promotes expertise in the history and current
phenomena of Nordic languages

English studies: Polishing of English proficiency and theoretical background

Language acquisition: L1 and L2 acquisition studies drawing upon both
primary experimental research and scholarly articles

Indigenous studies: The languages and cultures of minority groups, with
special emphasis on the Sami of northern Europe.

Contact persons in Tromsø:
Prof. Laura Janda (laura.jandahum.uit.no)
Prof. Tore Nesset (tore.nessethum.uit.no)

Laura Janda and Tore Nesset are both accomplished scholars in the fields of
Cognitive and Slavic Linguistics, and Laura Janda is President of the
International Cognitive Linguistics Association
(http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org/). Their joint research project,
“Exploring Emptiness”, is described at: http://uit.no/humfak/8775/.

Laura Janda has focused most of her research on the semantics of case and
aspect in Slavic. Her website can be found at: http://hum.uit.no/lajanda/

Tore Nesset’s strongest interests are in Russian phonology and morphology.
His website can be found at: http://uit.no/humfak/3345/78

For more information about this program, visit this site:
http://uit.no/humfak/7542/ or contact either Laura Janda or Tore Nesset

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics

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