Ali and Nino by Tamar Kvesitadze – Batumi (Georgia)


Ali and Nino by Tamar Kvesitadze – Batumi (Georgia)
Image: Diana Forker
Current projects Show content

Below, you will find a list of current research projects conducted by our staff members.
For more information please visit current projects site.

  • LexCauc – A lexical database for the languages of the Caucasus
  • Language contact in the Caucasus
  • JENA-CAUC - Resilience in the South Caucasus: prospects and challenges of a new EU foreign policy concept
Current dissertations Show content
  • Tamar Khutsishvili: Land use strategies in the Armenian border village Pshatavan
  • Felix Anker: Topics in the morphosyntax of Caucasian languages
  • Natasha Bogomolova: Agreement in Tabasaran
  • Joseph Sparsbrod: Everyday Life in Old Tbilisi. Exploration of Cohabitation in a Multiethnic Neighborhood in Tbilisi
  • Weronika Zmiejewski: Female labor migrants from Georgia in Greece

Detailed information about the dissertations

Completed projects Show content
  • Documenting Dargwa languages in Daghestan – Shiri and Sanzhi
  • CASCADE – Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus
  • Transformations of Sacred Spaces, Pilgrimages and Conceptions of Hybridity in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

Detailed information about the projects

Completed dissertations Show content
  • Natia Reineck: Sprachspezifische und sprachenübergreifende Konzepte für den Fremdsprachenunterricht am Beispiel des Deutschen und des Georgischen als Fremdsprache [Language-specific and cross-linguistic concepts for second language teaching, exemplified by German and Georgian as second languages]

Detailed information about the dissertation

Publications Show content

Articles, conference papers and other publications can be found on the individual pages of the team members.

Overview of books and edited volumes of recent years


  • Diana Forker. 2019. A grammar of Sanzhi Dargwa. Berlin: Language Science Press.


  • Hannah Sarvasy & Diana Forker (eds.) 2018. Word Hunters. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Diana Forker & Timur Maisak (eds.) 2018. The semantics of verbal categories in Nakh-Daghestanian languages: Tense, aspect, evidentiality, mood/modality. Leiden: Brill.
  • Forker, Diana & Geoffrey Haig (eds.) 2018. Person and gender in discourse: An empirical cross-linguistic perspective. Linguistics 56(4).
  • Tsypylma Darieva & Florian Mühlfried & Kevin Tuite (eds.) 2018. Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces - Religious Pluralism in the Post-Soviet Caucasus. Oxford, New York: Berghahn.


  • Diana Forker & Gadzhimuard Gadzhimuradov. 2017. Sanzhi tales and legends. With a Sanzhi-Russian and a Russian-Sanzhi dictionary. Makhachkala. [In Russian]
  • Mehmet Bardakçı, Annette Freyberg-Inan, Christoph Giesel & Olaf Leiße. 2017. Religious Minorities in Turkey. Alevi, Armenians, Syriacs and the Struggle to Desecuritize Religious Freedom. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Typylma Darieva & Thede Kahl & Svetlana Toncheva (eds.) 2017. Sakralität und Mobilität im Kaukasus und in Südosteuropa. Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.


  • Natia Reineck. 2016. Einfach - Sprachen - lernen: Universalkonzepte für den optimalen Fremdsprachenunterricht. Marburg: Tectum Verlag.
  • Natia Reineck & Ute Rieger. 2016. Kaukasiologie heute: Eine Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag von Heinz Fähnrich. Greiz: König.

Detailed information about the books and edited volumes

Collaboration Show content

We collaborate with the following institutes, universities and projects in Jena and beyond:

Our partner universities for student exchange programs are specified in this list.

Field work impressions

LexCauc project: The village of Hinuq in winter
Image: Diana Forker
Dargi project: A Shiri woman carrying water
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
Language contact project: A young woman in Hinuq
Image: Diana Forker
Language contact project: Hinuq women celebrating the end of Ramadan ("Uraza Bayram")
Image: Diana Forker
Language contact project: A young girl in Hinuq
Image: Diana Forker
Language contact project: Hinuq children
Image: Diana Forker
Dargi project: The mosque in Druzhba
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
Dargi project: The village of Shiri
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
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