NEWSPh.D. Student Gohar Hakobyan Engaging in International Research in Oriental Studies

12.12.2017
Ph.D. Student Gohar Hakobyan Engaging in International Research in Oriental Studies
 
On November 14-December 3, Ph.D. student of Russian-Armenian University, Institute of Oriental Studies, Gohar Hakobyan who studies General and Comparative Linguistics participated in international research conferences and projects in the field of Oriental Studies in Poland and Germany.
 
First, she presented her research report on Talishi Dialects at the 6th International Conference of Oriental Studies: Rare, Forgotten and Endangered Languages and Literatures that took place at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland, on November 14-16, 2017.
 
Then she went on to join the research project Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia that took place at the Institute of Empirical Linguistics, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany on November 16-December 3, 2017. The project was a result of the collaboration between University of Cambridge and University of Frankfurt.
 
Gohar Hakobyan highlighted that the project proved to be immensely useful for young scholars, “I had the chance to network in the international academic community and improve my research work by getting feedback from the experts and influencers in my field”.
 
The research project Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia aimed to explore the use of corpus methods in descriptive and theoretical analysis of word order change of natural languages in a multilingual area of Western Asia. Project’s research focused on language contact and language change in word order, information structure, and prosody and other linguistic aspects, theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to corpus-oriented research in language contact, i.e. tools, methods, and techniques in corpus assembly, annotation and analysis, the interaction between corpus linguistics and computational linguistics, the relevance of corpus linguistics and linguistic theory, the use of statistical and quantitative methods in detecting patterns of language change, as well as the impact of corpus-based vs. corpus-driven approaches on our view and understanding of morphosyntatic change in languages.