The project coordinator Mgr. Viktor Elšík, Ph.D. (*1974) is employed as Research Assistant at the Institute of Linguistics and Finno-Ugric Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University. He has taught, inter alia, several courses on the Romani language for the University’s BA and MA programs in Romani Studies, including a course on the dialectology of Romani. In 1998–2004, he was employed as Research Assistant and Associate at the linguistics department of the University of Manchester, working on a series of projects on the morphosyntactic typology of Romani dialects (RMS) directed by Yaron Matras. In 2002–2009, he collaborated on the international project ROMLEX: Romani Lexical Database coordinated by Dieter W. Halwachs (Universität Graz), Yaron Matras (University of Manchester), and Peter Bakker (Aarhus Universitet). In 2003–2008, the project coordinator participated in the project Loanword Typology: Toward the Comparative Study of Lexical Borrowability in the World’s Languages coordinated by Martin Haspelmath and Uri Tadmore (Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig). In 2007, he was the principal organizer of the 7th International Conference on Romani Linguistics.
The project collaborator Mgr. Michael Beníšek (*1981) obtained his MA degree in Romani Studies and Indian Studies with a specialization in Sanskrit at Charles University in Prague in 2008. Currently, he is PhD candidate at the Institute of Linguistics and Finno-Ugric Studies of Charles University in the field of General Linguistics, focusing on the description of a Romani variety spoken in Transcarpathian Ukraine. Since 2009, he has been employed as Research Assistant at the Seminar of Romani Studies of Charles University, where he teaches, inter alia, several undergraduate courses on the Romani language for students of Romani Studies. In 2008 – 2011, he taught Sanskrit and Anthropology of Ancient India at the University of Pardubice.
His expertise includes the historical grammar of the Romani language, the dialectology of Central Romani with a focus on the western Ukrainian varieties of North Central Romani, Indo-Aryan linguistics, and Sanskrit and Prakrit studies. He is the author of several papers on the grammatical and cultural history of Romani (e.g. in Romani Studies, Indo-Iranian Journal, Archiv Orientální).
He has participated, as field researcher, in the Charles University’s project on language contact of Romani in the Czech and Slovak Republics directed by Viktor Elšík. He has long-time experience (since 2000) with linguistic field research in Romani communities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine. He is fluent in Central Romani and has at least the working knowledge of several of the project’s elicitation languages (native in Czech, fluent in Slovak, working knowledge of Ukrainian, Russian, and German).
The project collaborator Mgr. Zuzana Bodnárová (*1984) is employed as Researcher at the Seminar of Romani Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University. In 2009, she graduated from the Charles University’s MA programs in Romani Studies and Cultural Studies. In 2010, she initiated PhD studies in the field of General Linguistics at the Institute of Linguistics and Finno-Ugric Studies, where she currently works on her dissertation, a detailed grammatical description and overview of the sociolinguistic situation of the so-called Vend dialects of Romani spoken in Hungary.
In 2006–2007, she participated on the University of Manchester’s project The Romani Morpho-syntax Database (RMS) directed by Yaron Matras. In 2008, she collaborated on the University of Graz’s project Romani Lexical Database (ROMLEX) directed by Dieter W. Halwachs. She has taught a course on the linguistic typology and dialectology of Romani at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Pécs, Hungary. Her expertise is on the structure and dialectology of Central Romani varieties in contact with Hungarian.
She has participated, as field researcher, in the Charles University’s project on language contact of Romani in the Czech and Slovak Republics directed by Viktor Elšík. She has extensive experience (since 2006) with linguistic field research in Romani communities in Hungary, Slovakia and Montenegro. She spent a year on fieldwork in a Romani community in Hungary, which resulted in a detailed grammatical description of the local Romani variety, the collaborator’s MA thesis. She is fluent in Central Romani and has at least the working knowledge of several of the project’s elicitation languages (native in Hungarian, fluent in Slovak and Czech, working knowledge of Slovene).
Department of Linguistics
Charles University, Faculty of Arts
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