• 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. In my current project in linguistic anthropology I am studying 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.

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

  • 10 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

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

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

Christianity, language contact and language change

Khachaturyan, M., 2017, In : Texas Linguistic Forum. 60, 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access
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The Aorist and the Perfect in Mano

Khachaturyan, M., 2017, (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

Projects 2017 2020

Activities 2017 2018

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

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

Maria Khachaturyan (Speaker)
18 Oct 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

Reflexivization of the fringe: the case of Mano, Mande

Maria Khachaturyan (Speaker), Anna Volkova (Speaker)
4 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Negation in Mano, Southern Mande

Maria Khachaturyan (Speaker)
5 Sep 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