[PUBLICATION] “Confluence of Research Worlds” podcast: Michael Daniel

On The January 22, 2024

The Collegium - Institute of Advanced Studies of the Université de Lyon is launching “Confluence of Research Worlds” (Confluences des mondes de la recherche), a series of podcasts to discover the ongoing research of the 2023/2024 fellows.

Linguist Michael Daniel, who taught linguistics at Lomonosov University in Moscow (Russia) until 2022, is a fellow at the Collegium - Lyon Institute for Advanced Studies for the year 2023/2024. He is conducting research on linguistic typology, particularly morphosyntax, and he is studying linguistic variations within the context of language contact, especially with languages in the Caucasus.

His research area is in Dagestan, a region located in the southern part of Russia, in the Caucasus mountains, with the Caspian Sea to the east. It is a remarkable region due to its significant linguistic diversity: despite being only slightly larger than the Rhône-Alpes region (excluding Auvergne), around forty languages from distinct linguistic families are spoken there (North Caucasian, South Caucasian, Altaic, Indo-European).

I have worked on truly minority languages; for instance, the Archi language is spoken in just one village. Even though the languages of neighboring villages belong to the same family, it's like living in a village where they speak Russian, the next village speaks French, and another speaks Hindi.

In conducting this research, Michael Daniel collaborates with the Dynamique Du Langage (DDL) research unit.


Listen to the podcast (in French)
Length: 24 minutes

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