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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a Core Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

I received my PhD at Inalco (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in 2015 and spent almost three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley. I came to Helsinki in 2017 to work at the Helsinki University Humanities Programme (2017-2020).

My research sits at the intersection of descriptive linguistics, interactional linguistics and linguistic anthropology. I am a committed fieldworker, specializing in Mande languages of West Africa, especially the Mano language (400 000 speakers in Guinea and Liberia). My current research project supported by a grant from the Kone Foundation studies language contact, variation and change, with a particular focus on the role of religion in contact and on multilingual language acquisition in the family and in the community.

My CV with pdfs of most publications can be found here.

My personal website gives a fuller overview of my research projects and a glimpse on the ongoing work.

Education information

I earned my PhD in Linguistics, summa cum laude, from Inalco, Paris, France, in 2015, 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. 

External positions

visiting scholar, CNRS-LLACAN. Villejuif.

1 Apr 20171 Jul 2018

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • Language documentation
  • Typology
  • Language and religion
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • language contact
  • Bilingualism
  • Sociolinguistics

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.