Dr Kristian Roncero
My research project
A Typological Approach to West Polesian Morphosyntax
West Polesian is an Eastern Slavonic variety spoken in the marshy areas between Belarus (Brest region), Poland (Podlasie) and Ukraine (Volynks). The population has been quite isolated for centuries due to the difficulties for travelling between villages (caused by the frequent floods and marshes). This has resulted in the community preserving cultural and linguistic traits from the Common Slavonic era, which other neighbouring varieties have not, but also developing new linguistic phenomena which have been hardly studied. For this project, I have carried out linguistic fieldwork in Belarus (Brest region) where I have elaborated a corpus of free texts, as well as elicited material addressing specific questions of grammar. In the light of the collected data, I am studying West Polesian morphosyntax (the most neglected areas). I focus on those phenomena that differentiate West Polesian from other varieties from a typological perspective, particularly quantification, suppletion and the grammaticalisation of the future tense.
In the media
-West Polesian and Eastern Slavonic