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ConLab: The Tromsø-Moscow Constructicon Laboratorium

Principal investigator: Tore Nesset Project title: ConLab: The Tromsø-Moscow Constructicon Laboratorium Summary of the project: A sustainable future in the High North crucially depends on stable and robust collaboration with Russia despite shifting geopolitical climates. In order to facilitate collaboration with its biggest neighbor, Norway needs strong competence in Russian language and internationally competitive Russian language programs. The goal of Read More

Valentina Zhukova: PhD project

Working title: “Threat in Russian – a constructional perspective” Supervisors: Tore Nesset, Laura A. Janda Summary: My research project is at the intersection of two larger projects: the Threat-Defuser (https://threat-defuser.org) and the Russian constructicon (https://constructicon.github.io/russian/). This study aims to investigate the Russian constructions of performing threats such as po-Verb-Imp eščë (mne/u menja)! — Pogovori mne eščë!  ‘Don’t Read More

Anna Obukhova: PhD project

Working title: “Svalbard / Spitsbergen through the prism of Russian media“ Supervisors: Laura A. Janda, Tore Nesset Summary: My research project is a part of the project named THREAT-DEFFUSER: Mitigating Perceived Threats in Russian and Norwegian Public Discourse. My study is aimed at investigation of coverage of Svalbard, including the Russian presence in Svalbard, by some Russian Read More


Principal investigator: Simon Devylder Project title: MAPS – A Multifactorial Analysis of Possessive Structures: Mapping the Interaction of Language, Culture, and Cognition Summary of the project: Cognitive Linguistics views language as embedded in its cognitive, social, and multimodal dimensions. We propose a novel methodology of linguistic analysis that integrates these interacting dimensions and provide new data Read More

Vår felles seier

Principal investigator: Elena Bjørgve Co-coordinators: Svetlana Sokolova and Guro Reisæter Project title: Vår felles seier (“Our common victory”) Summary of the project: The project “Our common victory” was planned in connection with the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It combines three academic components: history, language and film. History: In order to find Read More


Principal investigator: Laura A. Janda Project title: THREAT-DEFUSER: Hybrid warfare and a plan to safeguard societies Summary of the project: THREAT-DEFUSER explores the role of “soft” information strategies propagated through mass and social media that constitute hybrid warfare. We investigate Norwegian perceptions of Russia, as well as Russian perceptions of Norway, in the context of Norwegian Read More

MAJAK: Det russiske læringsfyrtårnet

Principal investigator: Tore Nesset Project title: MAJAK: Det russiske læringsfyrtårnet Summary of the project: Formålet med MAJAK, som er det russiske ordet for «fyrtårn», er å forbedre undervisningen i russisk språk på BA-programmene i russisk og russlandsstudier, slik at studentene får bedre muligheter til å nå læringsmålene. Gjennom seks arbeidspakker utvikler vi et nyskapende undervisningsdesign som Read More

Birds and Beasts: Shaping Events in Old Russian

Principal investigator: Hanne Eckhoff, Tore Nesset, Laura A. Janda Project title: Birds and Beasts: Shaping Events in Old Russian Summary of the project: The aim of the Birds and Beast project was to investigate the relationship between verbal aspect and aktionsart in the history of Russian. An important aim was to do this on a strictly Read More

Daria Kosheleva: PhD project

Working title: “Future tense in Russian: Factors and strategies for native speakers and foreign language learners” Supervisors: Laura A. Janda, Tore Nesset Summary: My PhD project is on future tense in Russian: the imperfective periphrastic form (budu pisat’ ‘I will write’) and the perfective inflectional form (napišu ‘I will write’). The dissertation will shed light on why and Read More

Aspect in Coordination: A Constructicon of Russian Verbal Coordinating Constructions

Principal investigator: Svetlana Sokolova Project title: Aspect in Coordination: A Constructicon of Russian Verbal Coordinating Constructions Summary of the project: Descriptive grammars list various lexical “triggers” that indicate that only one aspect is available (e.g. uže triggers the perfective (PF), whereas vsegda – the imperfective (IPF)). Although lexical triggers predict aspect with fairly good reliability Read More