I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group on the Leverhulme Trust funded project “Declining Case: Inflectional Loss in Progress”. The project investigates patterns of case loss in South Slavonic varieties spoken between East Serbia and West Bulgaria.
Previously, I worked on signs denoting size and shape of objects in Russian Sign Language, on computational applications in lexical typology, and on locative predication in North-West Caucasian languages (Adyghe and Kabardian).
Areas of specialism
My research interests lie in the domains of lexical and morphological typology. I work with the data of both spoken and sign languages. I am specifically interested in:
- Morphology: case inflection, classifiers, locative-directional verbal affixes
- Lexical typology: physical qualities, body parts, motion events
- Sign linguistics: sign language morphology, sign language lexicon, Russian Sign Language, non-manual markers, size and shape specifiers
- Gestures studies: representational gestures
- Computational linguistics: distributional semantic models, databases, corpus studies
- Field linguistics: Circassian languages
The decline of grammatical case over the last two millennia has profoundly affected the linguistic landscape of Europe, transforming the grammar of languages such as English, Swedish or French. But we know surprisingly little about how or why it came about. This Leverhulme Trust funded project explores the dialect continuum formed by two Slavonic languages, Serbian and Bulgarian, where this change is still taking place. Based on the rich dialectal variation in this area, we will develop a historical model of case loss.