Team

Olesya Khanina, PI of the project, and Valentin Gusev are the core members of this project. They are experts in Northern Samoyedic languages, with a typological background. They also have added expertise in sociolinguistics of small-scale communities (Olesya) and historical linguistics (Valentin). They have been documenting Nganasan since 1992 (Valentin) and Forest Enets and Tundra Enets since 2005 (Olesya). They have also first-hand experience with Tundra Nenets, Southern Samoyedic, and neighbouring Tungusic and Turkic languages, as well as a record of dealing with archival Northern Samoyedic materials (e.g. Gusev 2018, Khanina, forthcoming).

Yuri Koryakov, an expert in linguistic geography and linguistic maps, with specialisation in languages of Russia, is responsible for compilation of comparative wordlists and for the geographic part of the study, as well as for production of all illustrative maps. Koryakov has been studying geographic aspects of language contact in the North for more than a decade and has compiled Swadesh 100-wordlists for five Northern Samoyedic languages (Koryakov 2018). Yuri works in the project 2023-2025.

Yingqi Jing is an evolutionary linguist and typologist with strong computational record. He realises computational analysis of the comparative Northern Samoyedic data (wordlists and collections of structural features) and thus contributes to pulling apart vertical evolution and horizontal admixture for Northern Samoyedic. Yinqgi works in the project in 2024.

Natalia Rudaya is an expert in paleoecology of Siberia. Asap Idimeshev is an archeologist specialising in Southern Siberia. Based on an extensive literature overview, they prepare thematic reconstructions of environmental and human history of the Northern Samoyedic area for 2500-500 BP. In close collaboration with the linguists, they contribute to an the interdisciplinary reconstruction of northward migrations of Northern Samoyedic speakers. Natalia and Asap work in the project in 2024.

Maria Amelina is a linguist working on the Nenets languages since 2008.  In the project she is responsible for compilation of datasets from all dialects of Tundra Nenets and for transcription and analysis of Eastern Tundra Nenets data in the 19th century manuscripts by M.A.Castrén. Maria works in the project in 2024.