Fields of interest

  • linguistics
  • typology
  • morphology
  • mood and modality
  • minority languages
  • Nakh-Dagestanian languages
  • sociolinguistics
  • small-scale multilingualism
  • language contacts
  • language variation
  • language corpora

Nina Dobrushina (Нина Добрушина)

Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (CNRS, Lyon), directrice de recherche
I am a linguist, which means I am fascinated by the diversity of human languages. My native language is Russian, but only part of my research has been devoted to Russian. For years, I conducted field research in Daghestan, Northern Caucasus, the area of a very high language density. Here, more than 50 languages are still spoken in everyday life and transmitted to the children. I am interested in the study of the evolution and dynamics of linguistic diversity. In my opinion, linguists need to understand mechanisms of language contact, linguistic variation and language change, and this requires a combination of the methods of cross-linguistic comparison with anthropological analysis on the basis of quantitative data. Fortunately, I love collecting and processing language data, and I took part in and supervised creating a series of linguistic databases and corpora.

Fields of interest

linguistics, typology, morphology, mood and modality, minority languages, Nakh-Dagestanian languages, sociolinguistics, small-scale multilingualism, language contacts, language variation, language corpora


  • Member of the Editorial Board of Glossa Contact
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Languages of the Caucasus Series at Language Science Press

Membership of scientific associations (at present)

  • Member of the Academia Europaea
  • Association for Linguistic Typology
  • Societas Linguistica Europaea

Ongoing projects

  • Multilingualism of Dagestan (
  • Grammar of Rutul
  • Non-indicative moods in Nakh-Dagestanian languages
  • Optative in typological perspective

Linguistic field trips

Mehweb, Godoberi, Bagvalal, Tsakhur, Archi, Rutul, Tatar, Chuvash, Balkar, Khakas, Ustja River basin dialect of Russian