Project members


(from the left) Oleg Belyaev, Diana Forker, Iwona Kaliszewska, Rasul Mutalov.

Diana Forker was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig under the supervision of Bernard Comrie. In the summer of 2011 she successfully defended her thesis with the title “A grammar of Hinuq”. Hinuq is a small underdocumented and endangered language of the Tsezic subgroup of the Nakh-Daghestanian family. Her educational background is in general and descriptive linguistics (M.A., University of Leipzig). Since April 2011 she is employed as a lecturer at the Chair of General Linguistics at the University of Bamberg. Since 2005 Diana Forker has conducted extensive linguistic fieldwork in Daghestan.
Diana Forker will coordinate the documentation project and supervise the student assistants in Bamberg. She will be responsible for the overall design of the documentation, the format and the consistency of the collected data and for the coordination among the members of the team. Together with Rasul Mutalov and Oleg Belyaev she will train the local assistants. She will participate in the annual field trips to record, transcribe, interlinearize and translate the material. Furthermore, she will analyze the data, focusing on Sanzhi with the aim of preparing a sketch grammar of this language. She will supervise the archiving and will therefore be the contact person for the DoBeS archive in Nijmegen.

Rasul Mutalov is Professor for Dargi languages at the Daghestanian State University. He is also a Principal Researcher at the Department of Caucasian languages at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, presently focusing on complex sentences in Dargi languages. Mutalov is a native speaker of Icari Dargwa and an expert of Dargi languages. He is also a specialist in corpus linguistics. Under his supervision electronic national corpora of a number of Daghestanian languages have been constructed.
Since Rasul Mutalov is partly living in Daghestan and has already established contacts with the Shiri and Sanzhi communities, he will coordinate and organize the field trips. He will also supervise the work of the local assistants in Daghestan. Drawing on his expertise in Dargi languages and culture, he will participate in data processing, transcription and analysis. Together with Diana Forker he will build up the electronic corpora for Sanzhi. Mutalov will have the main responsibility for preparing and carrying out the publication of the materials for the speech communities in Daghestan. He will organize a one-day village festival for Sanzhi in 2014, similar to the festival that he regularly organizes for his native village Icari. In addition, he will also organize a workshop on Dargi languages in Moscow (2015).

Oleg Belyaev, the doctoral student in linguistics, is currently a Junior Researcher at the Department of Typology at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and a PhD student at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of the Faculty of Philology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. He has received his Specialist degree (with honors) at the same department in 2011 (equivalent to M.A.). During his studies he has participated in several field trips to the Caucasus, among them two field trips to Dargi villages. Since 2009, he is participating in a project directed by Nina Sumbatova, which is dedicated to the documentation of Qunqi Dargwa and Icari Dargwa. He has also participated in a project on describing and documenting the Ossetic language, the results of which are available online at http://www.ossetic-studies.org .
Oleg Belyaev will participate in the annual field trips. He will participate in the analysis and the preparation of the data for archiving. His main focus will be the documentation of Shiri leading to a grammar in the form of a PhD thesis.

Iwona Kaliszewska, anthropologist, a lecturer at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Univeristy of Warsaw. She has defended her PhD thesis in January 2013. She has done fieldwork in Dagestan from 2004 focusing on the religious practices of inhabitants of Daghestan. Iwona Kaliszewska will participate in the annual field trips to Shiri and to the lowlands. She will collect data on eatable plants and natural remedies found in Shiri and in the lowlands. She aims at recording both plants' names and the knowledge about plants and the way they are used in households in Shiri. Further information about the progress of her research will appear here.