• PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)

    00014

    Finland

20102020
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a postdoc at the Department of Cultures. My main descriptive focus is the Mano ethnic group and their language (400,000 speakers in Guinea and Liberia). I have being doing fieldwork among the Mano people since 2009. In 2015, I published a grammar of Mano. I am interested in linguistic documentation, (historical) syntax, typology, and the study of deictic categories, specifically, temporal and spatial/cognitive deixis, in the interactional context. My current project in linguistics focuses on the relationship between language contact and multilingualism through a detailed study of variation in L1 and L2 performance in Mano. In my current project in linguistic anthropology I study the linguistic performance of the Mano Catholic community, including spontaneous Bible translation and the role that common ground plays in linguistic practices of a religious community in a broader context of religious conversion. I am also working on a comparative project focusing on language change fueled by Christianization and translation of ecclesiastic texts. The latter project is supported by a grant from the Fyssen foundation, France and by a grant from the Academy of Finland.

Education information

I earned my PhD in Linguistics, summa cum laude, from INaLCO, Paris, France, in 2014, my MA in Sociology from Collège Universitaire Français, Moscow, Russia, in 2011, my MA and BA in Linguistics from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, in 2010. From 2015 to 2017 I was a postdoc at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.

External positions

visiting scholar, CNRS-LLACAN. Villejuif.

1 Apr 20171 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • 6121 Languages
  • Language documentation
  • Typology
  • Language and religion
  • Linguistic Anthropology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2010 2019

  • 11 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Anthology or special issue

Inclusory pronouns in Mande: the emergence of a typological rarum

Khachaturyan, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Folia Linguistica.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

“Knowing is belonging: recognitional deixis and emergence of common ground in religious conversion”

Khachaturyan, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Signs and society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A sketch of dialectal variation in Mano

Khachaturyan, M., 2018, In : Mandenkan. 59, p. 31-56 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

The Aorist and the Perfect in Mano

Khachaturyan, M., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Selected Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Language Science Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Bound noun plus verb combinations in Mano

Khachaturyan, M., 2017, In : Mandenkan. 57, p. 3-24 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2017 2020

Activities 2017 2018

  • 22 Oral presentation
  • 4 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

Split reference of inclusory pronouns in Mande

Maria Khachaturyan (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales

Maria Khachaturyan (Visiting researcher)
22 Oct 201811 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Religion in language variation and change

Maria Khachaturyan (Speaker)
12 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Linguistic consequences of mediated conversions: the case of Mano and Kpelle (Guinea)

Maria Khachaturyan (Speaker)
25 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

From recognitional function to topicalization and pragmatic backgrounding: discourse functions of demonstratives in Mano, Southern Mande

Maria Khachaturyan (Speaker)
14 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation