Aleksandra Bub, PhD candidate at Faculty of Philology, scientific supervisor Zoya I. Rezanova, has won a travel grant from Tomsk State University to attend the Conference on Multilingualism ‘COM 2016’ held by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. The conference will take place on September 11-13, 2016. During the conference Aleksandra will make a poster presentation titled Age of acquisition effect on the second language learning (co-presenter Olga V. Nagel).
The Conference on Multilingualism has a longstanding tradition. It started in 2005 at the University of Trento. This makes the current conference the ninth edition of the gathering. Among keynote speakers are Tamar H. Gollan (UC San Diego), Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (BCBL), and Narly Golestani (University of Geneva).
Aleksandra sees the conference as a great opportunity to exchange ideas and views on cognitive approach to the study of bilingualism and multilingualism with other researches from all over the world. Participation in ‘COM 2016’ will also help the student to maximize her opportunities for scientific collaboration in future and to obtain precious knowledge that will later be used in her PhD research and laboratory activities.
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.
Oxford-Russian Fund keeps supporting Tomsk Students
Alyunina Yulia won a grant to participate in a “Social Action Cartography” school in Moscow (24-29 July 2016). http://oxfordrussia.ru/news/summer-and-winter-schools/266/
Three post-graduate students –Ksenia Pozovkina, Alina Vasilyeva and Alexandra Nabiullina are going to visit Norwegian University of Science and Technology where they will take part in a seminar (September 26-28) together with the Finnish and Norwegian colleagues. After the seminar, the students are to stay at the university for further collaborative work with the members of the research group at the department of psychology SCaLa - Speech, Cognition and Language Research Group
June 20-24, 2016 Tomsk group of the Nordic project from the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language (Tomsk, Russia) took part in The Seventh International Conference on Cognitive Science (Svetlogorsk, Russia) http://cogconf.ru/eng/ where they presented one oral report on Russian derivational morphology study (Russian derivational morphology: token frequency and age of acquisition effects (Olga Nagel, Irina Temnikova, Alexandra Bub) and 3 posters on the effects of derivational semantics in the processes of mental comparison (Z. I. Rezanova, E. D. Nekrasova, K. S. Shilyaev), on experimental study of multimodal perception of verbal stimuli (Elena Nekrasova) and on cognitive processing of verbal stimulus with connotation (Ksenia Pozovkina). Young scientists (Elena Nekrasova, Ksenia Pozovkina and Alexandra Bub) took advantage of the opportunities provided by the cooperation programme in cognitive and experimental linguistics and expanded their knowledge in the area of experimental linguistics by studying the research works from the joint list of required literature compiled by the lecturers of the project. Gained knowledge and experience allowed young researchers to participate in scientific dialogues at the conference and start building their own professional network of likeminded people.
The workshop on experimental studies of language and speech took place on 17-19 March 2016. The project partners from Norway and Finland arrived on 15-16 March and had the time to take a sight-seeing tour of Tomsk and visit the cradle of the Russian culture in the Tomsk region, Semiluzhinskiy Cossack Fortress.
Ringing bells cheerfully greeted the visitors at the main gates. The host of the Fortress, Voevoda, as he called himself, showed the visitors around and told them about the history of the Tomsk region and the importance of the fortress as a defense line of Russia.
Everybody tried to shoot with bows and arrows and the bravest were offered to shoot out of a cannon. Siberian winter almost froze the visitors, when they started warming up by dancing a traditional Russian dance called Khorovod. Then, the guest were treated with boiled potato and cabbage and beet-root salad. The hostess served fragrant herbal tea with blini and oladushki (Russian pancakes) for dessert to celebrate Maslenitsa. She also taught the guests to make charms.
At the end of the visit, the guests were able to ring the bells to say goodbye to the fortress and its hospitable hosts.
The workshop on experimental studies of language and speech took place on 17-19 March 2016. The project partners from Norway and Finland arrived on 15-16 March and had the time to take a sight-seeing tour of Tomsk and a nearby ancient fortress.
On the first day (17 March 2016), an opening meeting was held for the coordinators and the participants of the project. The conference hall of the International Center for Research in Human Development served as a spacious and well-equipped venue for the workshop. The questions discussed included the program coordination, online lecturing, travel arrangements, and the project’s website. The second part was dedicated to the presentation of the three partner universities as platforms for educational cooperation in cognitive science and experimental linguistics. Jukka Hyona (University of Turku), Zoya Rezanova (Tomsk State University) and Ute Gabriel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) spoke about their departments and their status in the corresponding fields.
The second day (18 March 2016) began with a lecture session. The first part was hosted by Jukka Hyona, Raymond Bertram, Seppo Vainio, Aki Kyrolinen and Johanna Viimaranta (University of Turku), who introduced the participants to the basics of experimental research that uses linguistics stimuli. Special emphasis was placed on cross-language comparisons and bilingualism. Afterwards, Zoya Rezanova and Olga Nagel (Tomsk State University) went on to introduce the audience to the basics of Russian morphology.
At the discussion session, Finnish and Norwegian participants provided a general outline of their native languages. The session continued with the introduction to experiment design in gender studies, presented by Ute Gabriel and Dawn Behne (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). The second day’s meeting was concluded with a banquet in the main historical building of the Tomsk State University.
The third day (18 March 2016) was focused on the practical approaches to experiment design: under the supervision of senior researchers, groups of MA students and PhD students discussed existing exemplary studies (see the Materials section, pp. 2 and 11) and created their own proposals and experiment designs. The resulting ideas are intended to serve as the basis for conducting experiments when the students make their visits to partner universities.
The final planning meeting took place later on the third day. The project coordinators agreed upon the steps to be taken to implement the cooperation program: coordination of study programs, travel arrangements and prospective experimental studies. The results of the workshop are attested in the quotes and opinions of the participants. (see more to the quotes on the site)
Back to school again!
Four TSU students including Aleksandra Nabiullina and Yuliya Alyunina attended the Oxford Russia Fund Summer School (24-29 July 2016) in Moscow (http://oxfordrussia.ru/). Russian scientists and researchers delivered lectures on mass media imposing their own opinion on people, modern art, film as a cognitive experiment and many others. The lectures were devoted to a wide range of issues, yet all of them were connected with social interaction and communication. The research and projects offered by the organising committee employed mapping as the main method of not only scientific studies but also students’ career prospects and professional development. The participants put their coordinates on their maps and moved towards them overcoming different obstacles and searching for solutions to such problems as global warming or selfie-making.
Alexandra and Yuliya appreciated the time spent at the school as they had a chance to see new perspective on applying their skills of young researchers.
For a photo report about the “Social Action Cartography” school, please, follow this link: https://vk.com/club121494243
The programme for our 26-28 September Workshop on Research Techniques in Trondheim has been announced and can be downloaded from here.
Participants are encouraged to study two research articles by Jeroen J. Stekelenburg and Jean Vroomen and by Kristi M. Lemm, Marilyn Dabady , Mahzarin R. Banaji to discuss research designs and research methods. The articles can be downloaded from:
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".
Aleksandra Nabiullina, Ksenia Pozovkina and Alina Vasilyeva took part in the Workshop on Research Techniques held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU https://www.ntnu.edu/) 26-28 September 2016. The Workshop was organised by the Department of Psychology (http://www.ntnu.edu/psychology) as part of the joint Nordic-Russian education activities.
The Workshop was mainly devoted to such experimental techniques as EEG, ERP, and eye-tracking. Dawne Behne, Associate Professor at NTNU, gave a thorough introduction to general research methods and helped to get deep insight into the steps of research. The lecture on eye-tracking by Tuomo Häikiö was accompanied by a visit to a laboratory where researchers do their experiments. Anton Öttl showed around the laboratory and demonstrated how the equipment installed there works. Everybody could try being either a researcher or a participant.
The Workshop was not a purely scientific event it also provided the opportunity to see the university infrastructure and to know its educational environment. NTNU Master’s and PhD students told about their university life and showed around laboratories, library, and cafeteria full of students preparing for their classes.
Organising committee did their best in creating a friendly atmosphere for the participants. At the final dinner all the participants and members were involved into a so-called cultural exchange event. Students shared their experience in living or staying in different countries. They discussed national cuisine and traditions of Finland, Norway, Russia, Italy, and Germany.
From September 26 to November 8, two students from Tomsk State University - Alina Vasilyeva and Ksenia Pozovkina visited the Department of Psychology of Norwegian University of Science and Technology as guest researchers.
Here is what they tell about their visit:
"Two weeks that we spent in Trondheim, was a very fruitful period,- says Alina Vasilyeva. - Firstly, we attended the workshop "Research Techniques", where we not only listened to interesting lectures, but also were able to apply some acquired knowledge into practice. Secondly, after the workshop for nearly two weeks together with our Norwegian colleagues and fellow students we worked on the design of the experiments to be conducted in Tomsk by the colleagues from NTNU together with the members of the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of language from TSU within a cross-cultural study project. In addition, we got acquainted with the university and laboratories, and had great time with our hopefully long-term colleagues and collaborators from Norway and Finland”.
“This visit was very informative and interesting not only from the scientific and educational perspective but also because of new cultural experience that we got – says Ksenia Pozovkina. “The first thing you notice when enter Trondheim is, of course, stunningly beautiful nature with its mountains and fjords, which, in combination with fabulous colorful houses, creates a unique and charming atmosphere that you fall in love at first sight. The second thing we liked was the magnificent gothic Nidaros Cathedral, where Norwegian monarchs were crowned. Historically this is the most important cathedral in Norway and one can see the spire of it from any part of the city. We were deeply impressed by its splendid architecture and piercing bell-ringing. The third thing we really liked is that all people speak English very well and can help you with any question. So I can say for myself I’m very happy for having such wonderful two-sided experience which was made possible by our participation in the Nordic project. Thanks to all who helped us to visit such an amazing place and who have been with us during our stay there! We had a great time!”
October 17 – 22, 2016 Laboratory for Cognitive studies of Language held a subsequent seminar on «Experimental studies of language and speech: Corpus and mathematical methods in linguistic studies». The seminar covered two extended sessions on: a) experimental studies in linguistics and b) statistical analysis of linguistic data in R (a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics).
Students of Tomsk State University had a chance not only to get a general overview of the research areas under discussion but also participate in thought provoking discussion sessions moderated by Aki-Juhani Kyröläinen and Seppo Vainio, guest lecturers from the University of Turku, Finland. On the final day of the seminar the floor was given to the students who presented outlines of their research studies and got feedback from the invited lecturers and fellow students.
Here is what TSU lecturers and students say about the seminar:
" I am really glad that I was able to take part in the event. Even though I come from a different field, I could tell how the presented material was on the very frontier of experimental language studies. I was given to understand that until now not much similar research has been done in Russia, which is why international collaboration such as this will definitely play a key role in the establishment of this scientific field in the country and in Tomsk State University in particular.
The seminar provided participants with an opportunity to dive into exemplar research projects of experimental language studies. Herra Aki-Juhani Kyröläinen conducted a series of top-notch hands-on tutorials on statistical data analysis and data visualization using R. A perfect example for the students of how top-level data processing is done. Herra Seppo Vainio gave multiple talks devoted to his research areas and shared his vast experience. The discussions he held were so filled with his guiding expertise that it made me wish for my student years to come back.
This seminar was very professional, teachable, thought-provoking, and just great. I sincerely hope that this collaboration will continue in the future with mutual benefits for all the parties. "
Dmitriy Bezrodnyy, lecturer & research fellow, Faculty of Physics, TSU
"On the one hand, the workshop was mind-blowing! It is very hard to digest all this information about commands and scripts doing statistics in Package R. Aki did his best trying to get us through the application of software in linguistic studies.
On the other hand, it proved again the need for developing analytical and statistical skills to interpret the results of our experiments more accurately. Our lecturers were very patient with us when we failed to understand something. They repeated again and again until we got the idea. "
Aleksandra Nabiullina, PhD Student, Faculty of Philology, TSU
"The seminar was a unique opportunity to learn about modern methods of experimental research in linguistics. It was very useful for us considering that our research activities include conducting experiments, and thanks to this seminar we learned about the design of experiments and main challenges we might face during the process. I appreciated the opportunity to consult with the experts in experimental studies about my Master's thesis and I am grateful for their advice. To my mind, the discussion held in the framework of the seminar was very productive."
Alice Krechetova, MA student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, TSU
"I would like to thank the lecturers and organizers for the inspiring lectures and the opportunity to expand our knowledge of cognitive studies, and every participant - for the interesting discussion, cooperation and help. I wish everyone luck in your research and hope to see you all again soon. "
Yuliya Ryabova, MA student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, TSU
"I am really glad that I could participate in this seminar. I am only starting my researching work and all the workshops were useful and interesting for me, I got some new ideas. It was a pleasure to meet Seppo and Aki. I'm thankful for the advice they gave me for my study. "
Anna Khokhlova, Bachelor student, TSU
November 23-25, 2016 Тurku group hosted a closing seminar of the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Program in Education (TroTuTom). During the meeting project coordinators and lecturers summarized what the project has achieved (see the Looking back presentation) and shared their personal impressions as well as the feedback from the students involved (see the video). The most important part of the meeting was devoted to the planning of further future collaboration both in teaching and in research. Tomsk group presented information about a new Mega-Grand project and proposed the ways to involve Nordic partners in its implementation (see the Mega_Grant_Tomsk presentation). Trondheim group provided information about their on-going projects which could be extended by introducing new language pairs (Russian and Finnish) (see the presentation). Scheduled Teachers’ corner session was devoted to effective approaches to study experimental methodology and psycholinguistics. A new concept of a handbook for students in Russian was proposed as one the future joint educational projects (see the Student_handbook_concept presentation).