On Kazan Federal University and the Institute of Linguistics (RAS)

The organization of the Congress will be supported by a consortium of two research institutions: Kazan Federal University and the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

Kazan Federal University (https://eng.kpfu.ru/) is one of the oldest universities in Russia. Emperor Alexander I established it in 1804 as Kazan Imperial University. It is an acknowledged center of science, innovation and academic excellence.

In the middle of the 19th century, Kazan University became the birthplace of the Kazan Linguistic School, which was later recognized worldwide. Its founder was the outstanding Polish and Russian linguist I.A. Baudouin de Courtenay. He and his peers and students laid the groundwork for the study of language structure. Baudouin de Courtenay was the first to apply natural science methods in linguistics, becoming the pioneer of a new branch – experimental phonetics. He foresaw the introduction of a mathematical apparatus in linguistic studies, made several brilliant predictions about the connection of linguistics with other sciences, and laid the foundations of such sciences as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and neurolinguistics. Baudouin de Courtenay is a symbolic figure uniting the Russian and Western linguistic traditions. He remains a globally recognized authority.

Today, the linguists who work at Kazan University continue in the traditions of their famous predecessor. They carry out research focused on 

  • linguistic typology, comparative linguistics; 
  • clinical linguistics; 
  • computational linguistics; 
  • text analytics;
  • Russian and Tatar studies; 
  • problems of bilingualism; 
  • lexicography. 

Located in a multiethnic and multilingual area of Russia, the university is the center of the study of minority languages and language policy.

The Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (https://iling-ran.ru/web/en) was founded in 1950 and is currently the leading linguistic research institute in Russia. It is characterized by an exceptionally wide area of research, covering virtually the whole spectrum of modern linguistics. They include the following:

  • language theory, linguistic typology, comparative linguistics;
  • Romance, Germanic, Celtic, Anatolian, African, Turkic, Mongolian, Iranian, Caucasian, Finno-Ugric and Asian languages;
  • grammars of endangered languages; 
  • areal linguistics and ethnolinguistics;
  • sociolinguistics;
  • psycholinguistics;
  • computational linguistics;
  • lexicography;
  • logical analysis of language;
  • experimental phonetics and semantics;
  • translation theory.