Achievements

Given that one of the expected results from the project is to  enhance capacity of Russian and Nordic education institutions to produce researchers that can address the most important international research issues within cognitive science in sustainable ways applying integrated experimental research methodologies in cognitive and language studies we are proud to announce the achievements of our student participants whose success in academic study this year is either directly or indirectly (source of inspiration) connected with their participation in this project.


 

Alyunina Yulia

Alyunina Yulia won a grant to participate in a “Social Action Cartography” school in Moscow (24-29 July 2016). An Oxford-Russian Fund organizes this school for their annual scholarship holders. Only the students who obtain such scholarship in the beginning of an academic year can apply to take part in the Fund Winter or Summer Schools.

To be selected to this school, every student was required to write an essay on the topic “My System of Axes” presenting several coordinates or problematic points at two from the following maps: “problematic city map”, “a map of research interests”, “a map of the future”, “economic influence map”, “juridical map”, “a map of popular cultural events”. A combination of two maps was intended to present a burning problem and propose an author’s solution. Yulia Alyunina drew her attention to Tomsk suburbs and abandoned villages, showing them at the first and the last maps, mentioned above, and titling her essay “A Siberian Ring of Russia” with the analogy of one of the most popular tour “The Golden Ring of Russia” in her motherland. According to the student, Siberia could have become a very attractive place for tourists from all over the world, catching by its wilderness, original Siberian traditions, and local tribes’ culture, unreasonably forgotten, still alive. 

This time the school will take place at Boltino, a village in Mytishchinsky District of Moscow oblast. A very intensive and interesting program is prepared for the participants: cartography games (“Lost-proofing”, “Dots & Lines – Places & Borders”, “Arts and Literature at History and Economy”, “Labor, Harvest, Work – Poststudying Horizons”), discussion-sessions (“Social Implementation Results – Traces at Maps”, “Labor Gust. What is “an action” Genetically, Mathematically, Socially, and Culturally?”), project work in small teams. More than that, the participants will have a unique opportunity to assist lectures and seminars of famous Russian scholars, such as Irina Bugaeva, a Doctor of Philology from the State Saint Petersburg University (“A Movie as a Cognitive Experiment”), Tatiana Vizer, a candidate of Philological Sciences from Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (“Hidden Subjects of Political Actions”) , George Nikitch, a PhD in Art History from The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (not stated yet), Konstantin Bogdanov, a Doctor of Philology and a leading researcher from the Russian Academy of Sciences (not stated yet) et all.

Every participant will be awarded the School Certificate.

For more information about the “Social Action Cartography” school, please, follow this link: http://oxfordrussia.ru/news/summer-and-winter-schools/266/


 

  • A second-degree diploma at the competition for the best report. Alyunina Y.M. (2016) ‘Word-formation Semantics in Russian Derived Nonce Words’ in Association of  “Current issues of linguistics and literature studies” : Materials of III (XVII) International Scientific and Practical Conference of Young Scholars, Tomsk State University, 18-23 April. – In print
  • Certificate of gratitude for taking part in Tomsk State University Research Center projects “Transsiberian Scientific Way” on “Language and Culture”. Certificate on participation in the II tour of Vladimir Potanin Scholarship Programme for master degree students. 27.01.2016.
  • Certificate of participation in International seminar “Ireland English Teaching Model”. 2016.
  • Certificate of gratitude for volunteering in holding International Winter School on Informatics Technologies “Winter IT School”. 08.02-20.02 2016.
  • Alyunina Y.M. (2016) ‘Word-formation in Functional Bilingualism Development: Suffixation in Modern English’ in Association of Foreign Language and Intercultural Communication : Materials of IX International Students Scientific and Practical Conference, Tomsk State Pedagogical University, 26 February – 236p. 70-77p.

 


Presidential Grant and USA Scholarship for a Tomsk Student

TSU 1 year Master Degree student of the Faculty of Foreign Language Yulia Alyunina won the Russian Federation President Grant to Study Abroad and the Scholarship in honor of Istvan Kecskes, USA professor. In October 2015 at the 26th Annual International Academic Conference “Language and Culture,” Eduard Galazsinszkij, Rector of National Research Tomsk State University, announced theScholarship in honour of Dr. Istvan Kecskes, distinguished Professor in Educational Theory and Practice of the University of Albany, State University of New York. http://www.albany.edu/education/65137.php From October 2015, this scholarship will be awarded each year to the top Tomsk State student researcher in the field of linguistics. Yulia Alyunina is one of the first students who have received this award.

The other award, The Russian Federation President Grant is an honorable award of Russian Ministry of Education and Science that provides an opportunity for talented students to undergo an internship abroad. In 2016-2017 fall semester Yulia Alyunina will leave for Turku (Finland) for studying and working on her Master thesis „Functional Bilingualism: Russian and English Word Formation Models Acquisition and Usage“ under the scientific supervising of Nagel, O.V., PhD, Professor of TSU, and tutoring of Jukka Hyönä, Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Division of Psychology at Turku.

It will be the first time for me to study abroad for so long. Last year I was awarded DAAD grant to participate at a Summer School of the University of Mannheim (Germany). Within the school “Crossing Cultures: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language, Literature & Migration” I attended seminars in English and French. One of the courses professors helped me a lot writing a Letter of Recommendation, which was obligatory for the Russian Federation President Grant. Every Grant applicant should have had a Letter of Recommendation from a foreign university professor.   

At the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Turku Yulia Alyunina plans to work at research laboratories to broaden her experience in psycho and cognitive linguistics and modern experimentation methods, take part in joint Russian-Nordic projects, conduct linguistic experiments to contribute her Master thesis, and to attend seminars, such as “Psychology of language”, “Consciousness and brain”, “Affective neuroscience”.

The partners from Turku and Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Languages of TSU (The Faculty of Philology, The Faculty of Foreign Languages, and The Faculty of Psychology) work in cooperation from the founding of this linguistics experimental field in TSU. Nowadays they elaborate and conduct joint meetings in experimentation branch of linguistic research on the basis of a project fund “The Nordic Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research” (Russia – National Research Tomsk State University, Finland – The University of Turku, Norway - Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

According to the 2013 QS rank, the University of Turku occupies the 205 line in the world best universities and also enter The Coimbra Group, aimed at unifying European leading universities for tightening international research and academic contacts and developing the mobility in the sphere of education.

 


 

Aleksandra Nabiullina

Master’s Thesis Conceptual Sound Metaphor in Vysotsky’s Song Discourse relies on the theory of conceptual metaphor by M. Johnson and J. Lakoff and domestic and international works on phonological iconicity and sound symbolism (A. Zhurablev, S. Marukhina, T. Nikolaeva, V. Nastase, M. Sokolova, J.S.  Shirabad, S. Newman, M.M. Macdermott, M. Magnus, O. Jespersen, M. Chastaing, I. Fonagy, M. Grammont, et al.). Conceptual metaphor plays an important role in creating linguistic picture of the world, while metaphoric images caused by sounds and their phonetic meanings transmit the author’s code at the sound level. The theoretical basis of the Master’s Thesis provides for the definition of conceptual sound metaphor as a type of cognitive metaphor integrated into the space of poetic text through a set of sounds and sound combinations possessing particular symbolic meaning typical of a certain culture and language. The Thesis challenges the idea of M. Grammont that sound cannot be used as a unit of translation due to unique phonetic structure and metaphoric images thoroughly elaborated by the author. It considers conceptual sound metaphor as a potential unit of translation in Vysotsky’s song discourse due to universal nature of metaphor as it belongs to all cultures and languages. The hypothesis is also supported by the fact that almost all sounds of the Russian, French and English languages have symbolic meaning causing certain metaphoric images and associations and convey the message in translated text.

Inspired by the activities and facilities of the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language as well as teaching resources provided by the members of the Nordic Cooperation project my further research interest is going to move to cognitive linguistics and morphology. The research will be focused on Russian compound words in terms of predictability and probability of their components. I believe that the resources of the Nordic cooperation programme will help to develop my analytical skills in experiment design and data processing. It will also contribute to the development of cognitive paradigm of my research and will introduce overseas perspective on the subject.


  

  • Winner of the all-Russian competition in students' research papers V.S. Vysotsky and 21 Century (29 March 2016, Moscow)
  • Participant of Spring School Humanitarian Constituent in Research and Design: Need, Use, Rational Balance (20-25 March, 2016, Moscow)
  • Participant of Spring School Generation of Communication in the Modern World: Humanitarian Mind as a Basis of Useful Activity and Self-Realisation (12-19 May, 2016, Moscow)

 


13-19 May 2016 Aleksandra Nabiullina participated in the work of Spring School of the Oxford Russian FundCommunication Generation in Modern World. The school was held in Moscow and Moscow region.

On the first day the participants visited Google office in Moscow and were impressed with living room, kitchen, and massage room available for the staff.

Next 5 days were full of interesting lectures, workshops, and project work. The lecturers from Skolkovo, Higher School of Economics, and other educational institutions introduced new knowledge to those who have been always engaged into humanities. The lectures by Nicholas Champkins (Bardakhanova Champkins Architects) and Francisco Gil (Business School ESADE, Director of Chocolate Museum in Barcelona) became a platform for vivid discussion of the educational environment and business strategies.

Oxford Russian Fund is a non-profit organisation which holds schools for its scholarship holders several times a year. Every its school is different and gives immense opportunities to develop skills and acquire new knowledge.

 


The viva voce took place on 27 June 2016.

Coordinators, Lecturers and students of the Turku-Tomsk-Trondheim cooperation programme in cognitive and experimental linguistics would like to congratulate Alexandra Nabiulina and Alexandra Bub on their successful completion of Master programme at TSU. 


Conference on Multilingualism in Ghent, Belgium

(Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University)

3 days, 1 symposium, 3 keynote speakers, 24 reports, 55 poster presentation, 1 dinner at a castle, lots of new acquaintances, and unforgettable experience. It’s been a real thrill to participate in the COM 2016. Three days were packed with exquisite content.

When I first came to the venue (http://www.com2016.ugent.be/index.htm ) I was really impressed as the Conference took place in a former 13th century Dominican friary. Even though the building was old, it was equipped with the latest technologies and had everything you need for the conference. The conference started with a symposium on cognitive effects of bilingualism, or, as I called it, the Scientific War, during which health and cognitive benefits of bilingualism (whether bilingualism prevents dementia and strokes), the influence of bilingualism on cognitive functioning (Social cognition and executive functions of bilinguals: A tale of chickens and eggs by Thomas Bak et al.) and even the question whether bilinguals are better lovers were discussed.

The next two days were full of different interesting reports and poster presentations. Most of all I remembered the presentations by Jon Andoni Duñabeitia, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, who talked about bilingual education in Basque country, and posed a question whether we should follow the one person-one language/one subject-one language approach; Nélia Alexandre, University of Lisbon, Portugal, who had a poster presentation on the determiner system in Cape Verde; Tamar H. Gollan, UC San Diego, USA, with a very interesting presentation on Spanish/English bilinguals in San-Diego and her hypothesis about free code switching and many others. All the presenters raised topical issues in bilingualism and proposed approaches that revitalized my perspective on my own work. I really enjoyed the chance to connect with people who are involved in the same field of study and whose expertise made them valuable conversation partners.

One of the highlights of the conference was a dinner at the Cravensteen Castle(Castle of the counts), which was built in the 12th century as the seat of the Counts of Flanders and later used as a courthouse and a prison. Today it is a museum and one of the best Belgian attractions. The organizers have arranged a little masquerade with crowns and garlands, which created a real royal atmosphere. During the dinner all the participants had a chance to discuss not only conference programme related issues but also share their views on the most acute topics of today’s world. I really enjoyed the conference and learnt a lot from the reports presented. The COM 2016 gave me a much needed boost to start on my PhD dissertation with the enthusiasm of a hungry wolf.

"I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the coordinators and fellow participants of the Nordic Cooperation Programme who contributed a lot into the success of my own presentation at the conference".

 


 

Master’s Thesis Age of acquisition of linguistic structures as a differentiating criterion for monolinguals and bilinguals aims to investigate the effects of AoA on words processing in mental lexicon of monolingual and bilingual individuals. The Thesis consists of two parts: the first theoretical part describes the methodology and existing classifications of bilingualism (E.M. Vereshchagin, N.A. Zabelina, A.A. Zalevskaya, C. Baker, E. Bialystok, L. Bloomfield, F. Grosjean, K.Hakuta, S. Neimeier, C. Thierry), as well as gives an overview of the Russian and European works on bilingual mental lexicon (S. Gural, N. Zolotova, E. Sarkisova, J. Aitchison,  A. Pavlenko, A. De Groot) and age of acquisition (C.M. Morrison, A.W. Ellis, B. Juhasz, M.J. Cortese, M. Brysbaert). Online course Introduction to Bilingualism of the University of Turku and Abo Academy also helped us to expand the methodological part of the Master's Thesis and integrate the study into international research context. According to the theoretical basis of the Thesis the bilingualism of the experimental group of students is considered as artificial, late, functional, successive and subordinate. In the second part of the Thesis a psycholinguistic experiment is described aimed at the study of AoA for particular word stimuli among monolinguals and bilinguals. For our experiment two questionnaires have been developed. One of them contained the words in English and the other one contained their Russian equivalents. The words were taken from a PPVT test. The questionnaires were given to students at the Faculty of Foreign Languages (TSU), all of them being coordinate bilinguals and to the British exchange students as monolinguals and native English speakers. The participants of the experiment were asked to define the age at which they learnt each word by indicating it on the given age scale. The data from both groups were analyzed applying correlation and cluster analysis. The results show enormous influence of the native language on the foreign one during word processing i.e. in Russian participants of the experiment AoA of the Russian words coincides with AoA of the words in English. Our findings dovetail perfectly with the idea of U. Weinreich, who believed that access to the meaning of the words of a foreign language in bilingual mental lexicon was only possible with the help of the words of the native language. Inasmuch as research devoted to the study of AoA in Russia is very scarce, the experiment described in the given Master’s Thesis is new and interesting. The author is willing to continue the study of bilingualism and age of acquisition effects employing E-prime and Eye tracker within the postgraduate programme. 

 

 


The viva voce took place on 27 June 2016.

Coordinators, Lecturers and students of the Turku-Tomsk-Trondheim cooperation programme in cognitive and experimental linguistics would like to congratulate Alexandra Nabiulina and Alexandra Bub on their successful completion of Master programme at TSU.

 


 

Three of our students Ksenia Pozovkina, Alina Vasilieva, Alfiia Khabibulina took part in the XIX public conference of students-philologists, which took place from 18 to 22 April in Saint-Petersburg state university. At the conference the girls presented their reports at the section "Psycholinguistics" and told about the experiments conducted in the Laboratory for cognitive studies of language. They also met with the other studies that were presented by the students from Russian and foreign universities. 

-I like taking part in the scientific conferences. It's always interesting to me: what other people are interested in? What are they doing? says Ksenia PozovkinaThe conference was really very informative and useful. We knew a lot of interesting things and discussed main problems of cognitive science. Participating in such conferences is always a great experience because they help you to understand your own place in a scientific context and to find new visions and ideas on things that you do...

 


July, 15–17, 2016 one of our students, Alina Vasilyeva, took part in  the Annual Conference of the International Society for  Intelligence  Research  (ISIR) in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she presented the poster prepared together with Ksenia Pozovkina and Afiia Khabibulina on  the  emotional  language  stimulus  effect  on  cognitive  tasks  performance.

The conference was preceded by the International Summer School for students and early career researchers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Intelligence (July 12 – 14). It included 3 days of lectures, seminars and workshops held by famous researchers.

The program of the conference was very intense, it included a lot of oral presentations and a poster session on different aspects of the intelligence. Researches from 20 countries took part in the conference and it was great meeting and talking to them. In my opinion, the Conference and the Summer School was very helpful and interesting, because it allowed not only to get a lot of new information but also to look at our research subject from a new angle
Alina Vasilieva
Alina Vasilieva
MA student


 

Three of our students Ksenia Pozovkina, Alina Vasilieva, Alfiia Khabibulina took part in the XIX public conference of students-philologists, which took place from 18 to 22 April in Saint-Petersburg state university. At the conference the girls presented their reports at the section "Psycholinguistics" and told about the experiments conducted in the Laboratory for cognitive studies of language. They also met with the other studies that were presented by the students from Russian and foreign universities. 

-I like taking part in the scientific conferences. It's always interesting to me: what other people are interested in? What are they doing? says Ksenia PozovkinaThe conference was really very informative and useful. We knew a lot of interesting things and discussed main problems of cognitive science. Participating in such conferences is always a great experience because they help you to understand your own place in a scientific context and to find new visions and ideas on things that you do...

 


  

Three of our students Ksenia Pozovkina, Alina Vasilieva, Alfiia Khabibulina took part in the XIX public conference of students-philologists, which took place from 18 to 22 April in Saint-Petersburg state university. At the conference the girls presented their reports at the section "Psycholinguistics" and told about the experiments conducted in the Laboratory for cognitive studies of language. They also met with the other studies that were presented by the students from Russian and foreign universities. 

-I like taking part in the scientific conferences. It's always interesting to me: what other people are interested in? What are they doing? says Ksenia PozovkinaThe conference was really very informative and useful. We knew a lot of interesting things and discussed main problems of cognitive science. Participating in such conferences is always a great experience because they help you to understand your own place in a scientific context and to find new visions and ideas on things that you do...

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