Dr. Diana Forker



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I studied General Linguistics, Philosophy and Logics in Pisa, Leipzig and Moscow, completing my studies with a Master's thesis on the tense and aspect system of Bezhta. From 2007 to 2011 I was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. I wrote my thesis "A grammar of Hinuq" under the supervision of Bernard Comrie (published in 2013 by de Gruyter). Hinuq is a small underdocumented and endangered language of the Tsezic subgroup of the Nakh-Daghestanian family. From 2011 to 2016 I worked as a full-time lecturer at the Chair of General Linguistics at the University of Bamberg. In 2013 / 2014 I spent one year as a Feodor Lynen Fellow at the James Cook University in Cairns. Since August 2016 I am employed as a Vertretungsprofessorin at the Institute of Slavonic languages and Caucasian studies at the University of Jena.

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Please visit my academia page for preprints, handouts and presentations: uni-bamberg.academia.edu/DianaForker


My general research interests concern languages of the Caucasus, language documentation and description, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and various morphosyntactic topics (e.g. spatial case systems, non-canonical agent constructions, alignment, evidentiality).

Since 2005 I have conducted extensive linguistic fieldwork in the Caucasus.

At the moment I am leading the language documentation project "Documenting Dargi languages in Daghestan - Shiri and Sanzhi." In this project, three linguists (Diana Forker, Rasul Mutalov and Oleg Belvaev) and an ethnographer (Iwona Kaliszewska) document and analyze Shiri and Sanzhi and the culture of the Shiri and Sanzhi people. Shiri and Sanzhi belong to two different Dargi languages (Nakh-Daghestanian), spoken in the central part of Daghestan in the Caucasus (Russia). The languages are heavily endangered. We estimate that there are only about 200 Shiri families and about 50 Sanzhi families left.

The project provides a detailed and in-depth documentation of Shiri and Sanzhi through the collection of texts from a wide range of genres. The texts are available to the public via the DoBeS archive (www.mpi.nl/DOBES/).

In the linguistic documentation and analysis of Shiri and Sanzhi we pay special attention to those features that are unusual for the Nakh-Daghestanian language family and of broader typological interest. Two of these features are person agreement, which is based on the person hierarchy and not determined by grammatical roles, and extraordinarily rich TAM and evidentiality paradigms.

The project is funded by the DoBeS program of the VW foundation (www.volkswagenstiftung.de/service/aktuelles/article/129/chancen-fuer.html?no_cache=1&cHash=fefa1ac99f). It started in summer 2012 and runs until early autumn 2017.

For further information please visit our project page: www.kaukaz.net/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/english/dargwa