The Summer Scientific School “Research Methods in Sociolinguistics” has started at the North-Eastern Federal University. At the end of the school, field trips was organized to collect material on the linguistic ecology of the Arctic.
This is the first major event of the Russian Government mega-grant project "Preservation of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development of the Arctic and Subarctic of the Russian Federation,” said the organizer of the event, Professor Lyudmila Zamorshchikova of the Institute of Modern Languages and International Studies, NEFU. “The purpose of the summer autumn school is scientific and methodological training, first of all, for junior researchers of the International Research Laboratory The Arctic Linguistic Ecology Lab. The school will cover general issues and methods of sociolinguistic research, linguistic field methods, collection and processing of material,” the professor added. Sociolinguistics is a science at the intersection of several disciplines, including linguistics, sociology, social psychology, and ethnography. Professor Zamorshchikova explained: “Sociolinguistics includes a wide range of topics such as linguistic status, shift and change, language and ethnicity, the relationship between social and linguistic structures, language maintenance and revitalization programs, and others.” According to the school coordinator, Associate Professor Marina Kysylbaikova of the Institute of Modern Languages and International Studies, NEFU: “the participants, in addition to studying the methodology of sociolinguistic research, will take part in field trips to collect material on the linguistic ecology of the Arctic. Reference: The school is organized by the The Arctic Linguistic Ecology Lab. The guest lecturers are experts invited to participate from the European University at St. Petersburg, the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, the Institute for Linguistic Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, and the University of Chicago.