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Description of research and teaching

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, and I am currently working on non-finite forms in Uralic languages from a typological, areal and contact perspective. My background is in linguistic typology (the title of my doctoral dissertation was Towards a typology of participles, defended in April 2017). I have also done field work on a number of underdescribed languages including Kalmyk, Nanai, Erzya, Nivkh, Uilta, and Hill Mari. Since 2012, I have taught courses in Finiteness, Relative clauses, and Subordination.


  • 6121 Languages
  • Syntax
  • Typology
  • Uralic languages
  • Morphosyntax
  • Areal linguistics
  • Language contact

Publications 2007 2018

Participial systems in Uralic languages: An overview

Shagal, K., 2018, In : Journal of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics. 2018, Vol 9, No 1, p. 55-84

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Towards a typology of participles

Shagal, K., 21 Mar 2017, Helsinki: University of Helsinki. 280 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph

Open Access

Contact-induced grammatical phenomena in the Russian of Erzya speakers

Shagal, K., 2016, Mordvin languages in the field. Shagal, K. & Arjava, H. (eds.). Helsinki: University of Helsinki, p. 363–377 15 p. (Uralica Helsingiensia; vol. 10).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Factors regulating variation in Macedonian relative clauses

Shagal, K., 2016, In search of the center and periphery – Linguistic attitudes, minorities, and landscapes in the Central Balkans. Makartsev, M. & Wahlström, M. (eds.). University of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages, p. 163–177 (Slavica Helsingiensia; vol. 49).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Mordvin languages in the field

Shagal, K. (ed.) & Arjava, H. (ed.), 2016, Suomalais-Ugrilainen Seura. (Uralica Helsingiensia; vol. 10)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Activities 2009 2019

Acta Linguistica Petropolitana (Journal)

Ksenia Shagal (Reviewer)
Apr 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Vladimir Panov

Ksenia Shagal (Host)
14 May 201931 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Uralic syntax from an areal perspective

Ksenia Shagal (Speaker)
14 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Association for Linguistic Typology 2019

Ksenia Shagal (Scientific Committee Member)
4 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Preliminary examination of a doctoral thesis

Ksenia Shagal (Supervisor)
Feb 2019Apr 2019

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis