Conference Historical Linguistics of the Caucasus April 12-14, 2017, Paris

The Conference is dedicated to the historical linguistics of Caucasian languages and languages spoken in the Caucasus. A special one-day workshop will be held on imperfective modalities in the languages of the area. Apart from oral presentations, posters will also be presented.

Venue (Updated!)

The conference will take place on April 12-14, 2017, at École Pratique des Hautes Études, 4-14 rue Ferrus, 75014 Paris, room 239 (near Marriott hotel Rive Gauche).
The nearest metro station is Glacière (line 6). Bus line 21 going to Stade Charléty/Porte de Gentilly is a good alternative (you should stop at Glacière – Auguste Blanqui).

Organising Committee


Historical Linguistics of the Caucasus – Book of Abstracts

Historical Linguistics of the Caucasus: Book of abstracts. Paris,
12–14 April, 2017 / Историческое изучение языков Кавказа:
Тезисы докладов Международной научной конференции. Париж,
12–14 апреля 2017 г. – Makhachkala: IYaLI DNC RAN, 2017. – 210 p.

Editorial board:
Gilles Authier, Hélène Gérardin,
Magomed I. Magomedov, Timur A. Maisak
Compiled by Timur A. Maisak

This book brings together the abstracts for the oral and poster presentations delivered at the international conference “Historical Linguistics of the Caucasus”, which took place at École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, April 12-14, 2017.
The presentations deal mainly with historical aspects of the Caucasian language families – Nakh-Daghestanian, Abkhaz-Adyghe, and Kartvelian – as well as the Indo-European languages of the region. A special thematic workshop within the conference was devoted to imperfectivity and its relation to modality, as part of the
international project IMMOCAL – Imperfective Modalities in Caucasian Languages (project coordinator Gilles Authier).
For linguists, students of linguistics and philology and all those interested in the languages of the Caucasus.
ISBN 978-5-91431-163-3
© G. Tsadasa Institute for Language, Literature, and Art of the Daghestan Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2017


Invited speakers

Peter ARKADIEV. When perfective and imperfective mean the same: pluperfect and “retrospective shift” in Circassian languages  
Nina DOBRUSHINA. Multilingualism and linguistic diversity in Daghestan: a retrospective field research  
Dmitry GANENKOV. From telicity to perfectivity: Aspectual stems in Chirag Dargwa  


Papers selected for the main session

Isa ABDULLAEV. From the history of Georgian-Dagestani language ties  
Oleg BELYAEV. Primary and secondary pharyngealization in Shiri
Marine BERIDZE. On Some Issues of Verbal Inflection: At the Origins of Georgian Perfect
Winfried BOEDER. Increase and decrease of complexity in the history of Georgian  
Nina DOBRUSHINA & Michael DANIEL. Mehweb in comparison  
Rusudan GERSAMIA & Manana TOPADZE & Izabela KOBALAVA. Rendering Spatial Relations by Means of Preverbs in Megrelian and Laz
Zaira KHALILOVA. Causatives in the Tsezic  
Ramaz KURDADZE & Maia LOMIA & Ketevan MARGIANI. Category of Evidentiality in the Kartvelian Languages: Problems, History of the Question Study, Prospects
Magomed MAGOMEDOV & Magomed A. MAGOMEDOV. Publications of the Tsadasa Institute and Historical linguistics of Daghestan  
Vincent MARTZLOFF. The derivational history of ordinal numbers in Armenian, Georgian and other Caucasian languages  
Ranko MATASOVIC. The Origin of Gender in Northwest Caucasian  
Rasul MUTALOV. Diachronic changes in the system of noun class markers in Dargwa
Neige ROCHANT & Samira VERHEES. The (auxiliary) verb b-iʁidu in Andi
Alexander ROSTOVTSEV-POPIEL. Zan Prefixation Challenging the Theory of Grammaticalization  
Arseny VYDRIN. Ossetic Optative: Iranian heritage vs. Caucasian influence  


Papers selected for the workshop

Marina CHUMAKINA. Imperfective and the morphological markedness: the case of Archi  
Diana FORKER. The imperfective aspect of Sanzhi Dargwa  
Steven KAYE. Knowns and unknowns in the history of the Northern Talyshi tense-aspect-mood system
Victoria KHURSHUDYAN. Imperfective Semantics in Modern Eastern Armenian
Petr KOCHAROV. Narrative imperfective uses of Classical Armenian reporting verbs
Tamar MAKHAROBLIDZE. Concerning Some Issues of Imperfective Modality in Spoken and Signed Georgian  
Robin MEYER. Imperfective Modalities in Classical Armenian: the Case of the Irrealis
Zarina MOLOCHIEVA. Imperfective aspect in Chechen  
Monika RIND-PAWLOWSKI. Formation and functions of the imperfective stems in Khinalug
Maka TETRADZE. Verbal Aspect in Batsbi in View of Nakh and Georgian Aspectual Systems  


Papers selected for poster presentations

Badrizhat ALIYEVA. Gender-oriented approach to grammatical classifiers in Lac  
Ayten BABALIYEVA. Formes imperfectives dans les dialectes du tabasaran  
Lia BAKURADZE. The Suffix -oba in the Georgian Language
Musa BAGOMEDOV. Oykonims of the Caucasus as an invaluable source of historical and ethnocultural information
Amiran BASILASHVILI. Towards the verbal stems with CVC structure in Udi  
Michael DANIEL. Prospective in Archi  
Arnaud FOURNET. The relationship of Nakh with the extinct Hurrian and Urartian languages  
Mаriza IBRAGIMOVA. Discussion about genitive reconstruction and its actual status in the Rutul language
Madzhid KHALILOV. Some traits of Old Georgian influence on the Tsezic languages  
Agnes KORN & Murad SULEYMANOV. Contact-Induced Progressives in Iranian Languages: A Typological Comparison
Yuri LANDER & Irina BAGIROKOVA. Demorphologization of the nominal complex in Circassian  
Magomed A. MAGOMEDOV. The structure and semantics of the Avar-Andic toponyms
Magomed I. MAGOMEDOV & Danijal MAGOMEDOV. Derivational analysis of archaic words and neologisms in the Avar language  
Svetlana MAKHMUDOVA & Taisija SULEYMANOVA. Some Remarks on the History of the Rutul Language  
George MOROZ & Alexandra MARTINOVA. On Uvular Consonants in Languages of the Caucasus  
Nino SHARASHENIDZE. Grammaticalization of უნდა (unda) Form in Georgian  
Sapijakhanum TEMIRBULATOVA. The expression of localization of demonstrative pronouns in the dialects of the Dargin language  
Nino TSIKHISHVILI. Aorist Indicative S3 Markers in Middle Georgian  
Ghazaleh VAFAEIAN. Areal typological study on the progressive in northern Iran  
Thomas WIER. Revisiting Hierarchical alignment in Kartvelian — Inheritance vs Contact

CfP – Historical Linguistics of the Caucasus

Historical Linguistics of the Caucasus

April 12-14, 2017, Paris

at 4-14 rue Ferrus 75014 Paris

Convenors: Gilles Authier (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris) & Timur Maisak (Institute of Linguistics, Moscow)
Contact: (Hélène Gérardin)
Call Deadline: 31-JAN-2017

Invited speakers

  • Peter Arkadiev
  • Nina Dobrushina
  • Dmitry Ganenkov

The Conference is dedicated to historical linguistics of Caucasian languages and languages spoken in the Caucasus. A special one-day workshop will be held on imperfective modalities in the languages of the area. Apart from oral presentations, posters will also be considered.

All abstracts should be written in English and anonymous (in order to allow for blind external reviewing), and preferably extensive (up to three pages including references). Please mention if the presentation may be presented as a poster. We strongly suggest that abstracts should be based on precise data and examples properly segmented and glossed.

The general session on historical linguistics welcomes contributions bearing on any aspect of the grammar of any language spoken in the Caucasus (including phonology, morphology, syntax and grammatical semantics), as well as sociolinguistic aspects, provided that they address these issues in diachrony. Comparison between related languages, including proposal for reconstruction of proto-languages, are particularly welcome, as well as proposals of contact-induced change. (Note that abstracts bearing exclusively on ethnogenesis of the people of the Caucasus do not fall within the scope of this conference).

The workshop on imperfective modalities in the languages of the Caucasus invites contributions dealing with morphology, semantics and grammaticalization of verbal categories of the imperfective domain, including the discussion of synchronic and diachronic connections between imperfectivity as an aspectual category and varioud kinds of modality.

Accepted presentations may be delivered in English, Russian, or French, but handouts (with glosses) and powerpoint projections should be in English.
There is no participation fee. Selected participants from the Caucasian republics and countries may apply for (partial) funding.

The deadline for abstract submission 31 January 2017.
Each author may be involved in no more than two abstracts, of which no more than one may be single-authored. These should be sent to the following email address:
with “Abstract” stated as the email subject. The following information should be provided in the body of the e-mail:

  • title of the abstract,
  • author’s or authors’ first and last names, and affiliation(s),
  • e-mail address.

The decision of the Organizing Committee on the acceptance/rejection of submissions will be communicated to the authors no later than 21 February 2017