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Tatiana NIKITINA  

Senior researcher at CNRS, PhD Hab.



Research topics

Typology; linguistic fieldwork; syntax/morphosyntax; lexical semantics; language description and documentation; pronominal systems; narrative strategies; speech genres
Mande languages; Turkic languages


Research projects

Discourse Reporting in African Storytelling –
(financement: ERC Starting Grant, 2018-2023)



language documentation, syntax, morphosyntax, lexical semantics, discourse, typology


Nikitina, T. & Bugaeva, A. (2021). Logophoric speech is not indirect: towards a syntactic approach to reported speech constructions. Linguistics59(3), 609-633.

Nikitina, T. 2020. Logophoricity and shifts of perspective: New facts and a new account. Functions of Language 27(1): 78-99.

Nikitina, T. & A. Vydrina. 2020. Reported speech in Kakabe: Loose syntax with flexible indexicality. Folia Linguistica 54(1): 133-166.

Nikitina, T. 2020. Missionary descriptions of Mande languages: verbal morphology in two 19th century grammars. Faits de Langues 50(2): 13-29.

Nikitina, T. & Y. Treis. 2020. The use of manner demonstratives in discourse: A contrastive study of Wan (Mande) and Kambaata (Cushitic). Å. Næss, A. Margetts & Y. Treis (eds.) Demonstratives in Discourse. Berlin: Language Science Press, 43-67.

Nikitina, T. 2019. Verb phrase external arguments in Mande: New evidence for obligatory extraposition. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 37(2): 693-734.

Nikitina, T. 2019. Diminutives derived from terms for children: Comparative evidence from Southeastern Mande. Linguistics 57(1): 1-28.

Spronck, S. & T. Nikitina. 2019. Reported speech forms a dedicated syntactic domain: Typological arguments and observations. Linguistic Typology 23(1): 119-159.

Maslov, B. & T. Nikitina. 2019. Rhyme in European verse: A case for quantitative Historical Poetics. Comparative Literature 71(2): 194-212.

Nikitina, T. 2018. Frames of reference in discourse: Spatial descriptions in Bashkir (Turkic). Cognitive Linguistics 29(3): 495-544.

Nikitina, T. 2018. When linguists and speakers do not agree: The endangered grammar of verbal art in West Africa. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 28(2): 197-220.

Luraghi, S., T. Nikitina & Ch. Zanchi (eds.), 2017. Space in Diachrony. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Haug, D. T. T. & T. Nikitina. 2016. Sharing features in agreement. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 34(3): 865-910.

Nikitina, T. & D. T. T. Haug. 2016. Syntactic nominalization in Latin: A case of non-canonical subject agreement. Transactions of the Philological Society 114(1): 25-50.

Nikitina, T. & B. Maslov. 2015. Verse structure and literary tradition: The interaction between rhyme and stress in the Onegin stanza. Style 49(4): 439-469.

Nikitina, T. & B. Maslov. 2013. Redefining constructio praegnans: On the variation between allative and locative expressions in Ancient Greek. Journal of Greek Linguistics 13: 105-142.

Nikitina, T. 2012a. Personal deixis and reported discourse: Towards a typology of person alignment. Linguistic Typology 16(2): 233-64.

Nikitina, T. 2012b. Clause-internal correlatives in Southeastern Mande: A case for the propagation of typological rara. Lingua 122: 319-34.

Nikitina, T. 2012c. Russian verboids: A case study in expressive vocabulary. Linguistics 50(2): 165-89.

Nikitina, T. 2012d. Logophoric discourse and first person reporting in Wan (West Africa). Anthropological Linguistics 54(3): 280-301.


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