Chargée de recherches 1ère classe au C.N.R.S
depuis janvier 2013 au sein de l’UMR 8135 (LLACAN).

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Cursus universitaire

Situation professionnelle

Thèmes de recherche

Prix et distinctions

Responsabilités administratives et scientifiques


Cursus Universitaire

  • Juin 2002 : Licence («B.A.») en Etudes orientales et africaines à l’université d’Etat de Saint-Pétersbourg; spécialisation : Langues et cultures d’Afrique de l’Ouest (haoussa).
  • Septembre 2008 : Thèse de Doctorat («Ph.D.») en linguistique, Université de Stanford, sous la direction de Joan Bresnan : The mixing of syntactic properties and language change

Situation professionnelle

  • 2008-2009 : Post-doctorante à l’Université de Stanford
  • 2009-2011 : Post-doctorante au laboratoire d’excellence «TOPOI» à Berlin
  • 2011-2012 : Chercheuse à l’Université d’Oslo; projet : Pragmatic Resources in Old Indo-European Languages
  • Recrutée au CNRS comme Chargée de Recherche 1ère classe en janvier 2013 au sein de l’UMR 8135 (LLACAN)

Thèmes de recherche

  • Référence en discours; deixis; systèmes pronominaux; systèmes logophoriques
  • Syntaxe comparative des langues mandé
  • Stratégies narratives, genres du discours
  • Sémantique lexicale; typologie lexicale
  • Expression du temps et de l’espace

Prix et distinctions

  • Médaille de bronze du CNRS - 2017

Responsabilités administratives et scientifiques

  • depuis 2019 Membre du Conseil Scientifique de l’Institut des sciences humaines et sociales (CNRS)
  • depuis 2019 Member of Editorial Board, Transactions of the Philological Society
  • depuis 2018 Review Editor, Linguistic Typology
  • depuis 2017 Member of Editorial Committee, Faits de Langues



  • Nikitina, Tatiana. The mixing of syntactic properties and language change. Thèse de doctorat. Stanford University :

Articles de revues

  • 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. Target article in 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.
  • Haug, D. T. T. & T. Nikitina. 2016. Sharing features in agreement. Natural Language and 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. 2012. Logophoric discourse and first person reporting in Wan (West Africa). Anthropological Linguistics 54(3) : 280-301.
  • Nikitina, T. 2013. Personal deixis and reported discourse : Towards a typology of person alignment. Linguistic Typology 16(2) : 233-64.
  • Nikitina, T. 2012a. Clause-internal correlatives in Southeastern Mande : A case for the propagation of typological rara. Lingua 122 : 319-34.
  • Nikitina, T. 2012b. Russian verboids : A case study in expressive vocabulary. Linguistics 50(2) : 165-89.
  • Nikitina, T. 2011. Categorial reanalysis and the origin of the S-O-V-X word order in Mande. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 32(2) : 251-73.
  • Nikitina, T. 2009a. The syntax of PPs in Wan, an “SOVX” language. Studies in Language 33(4) : 907-30.
  • Nikitina, T. 2009b. Subcategorization pattern and lexical meaning of motion verbs : A study of the Source/Goal ambiguity. Linguistics 47(5) : 1113-41.
  • Nikitina, T. 2009c. The function and form of action nominalization in Wan. Mandenkan 45 : 17-28.
  • Clark, E. V. & T. Nikitina. 2009. One vs. more than one : Antecedents to plurality in early language acquisition. Linguistics 47(1) : 103-39.
  • Nikitina, T. 2008. Two classes of locative terms and linguistic frames of reference in Wan. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 29(1) : 29-47.


  • Luraghi, Silvia, Tatiana Nikitina & Chiara Zanchi (eds.), 2017. Space in Diachrony. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Chapitres dans des ouvrages

  • Nikitina, T. 2018. Focus marking and differential argument marking: The emergence of bidirectional case marking in Wan. Evangelia Adamou, Katharina Haude & Martine Vanhove (eds.) Information Structure in Lesser-Described Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 195-216.
  • Nikitina, T. 2017. Ablative and allative marking of static locations: A historical perspective. Silvia Luraghi, Tatiana Nikitina & Chiara Zanchi (eds.) Space in Diachrony. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 67-94.
  • Nikitina, T. & M. Spano. 2014. ‘Behind’ and ‘in front’ in Ancient Greek : A case study in orientation asymmetry. Silvia Kutscher & Daniel A. Werning (eds.) On Ancient Grammars of Space. Linguistic research on the expression of spatial relations and motion in Ancient languages. Berlin : De Gruyter, 67-82.
  • Nikitina, T. 2013. Lexical splits in the encoding of motion events from Archaic to Classical Greek. Juliana Goschler & Anatol Stefanowitsch (eds.) Variation and Change in the Encoding of Motion Events. John Benjamins, 185-201.
  • Nikitina, T. 2011. On lexical and syntactic licensing of category mixing. Andreas Nolda & Oliver Teuber (eds.) Syntax and Morphology Multi-Dimensional. Berlin : Mouton de Gruyter, 217-38.
  • Nikitina, T. 2010. Variation in the encoding of endpoints of motion in Russian. Renee Perelmutter & Viktoria Driagina-Hasko (eds.) New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion. Amsterdam : John Benjamins, 267-90.
  • Bresnan, J. & T. Nikitina. 2009. The gradience of the dative alternation. Linda Uyechi & Lian Hee Wee (eds.) Reality Exploration and Discovery : Pattern Interaction in Language and Life. Stanford : CSLI Publications, 161-84.
  • Nikitina, T. 2009a. Taksis v iazyke wan. V.S. Khrakovsky (ed.) Tipologiia taksisnykh konstruktsii. Saint-Pétersbourg, 731-49.
  • Nikitina, T. 2009b. Taksis v iazyke hausa. V.S. Khrakovsky (ed.) Tipologiia taksisnykh konstruktsii [Typology of relative tense constructions]. Saint-Pétersbourg, 567-98.
  • Nikitina, T. 2008a. Pragmatic factors and variation in the expression of spatial goals : The case of into vs. in. Anna Asbury, Jakub Dotlačil, Berit Gehrke & Rick Nouwen (eds.) Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P. Amsterdam : John Benjamins, 175-95.
  • Bresnan, J., A. Cueni, T. Nikitina, and R. H. Baayen. 2007. Predicting the dative alternation. Gerlof Bouma, Irene Krämer & Joost Zwarts (eds.) Cognitive Foundations of Interpretation. Amsterdam : Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 69-94.

Articles dans des actes de colloque

  • Haug, D. & T. Nikitina. 2012. The many cases of non-finite subjects: The challenge of “dominant” participles. Miriam Butt & Tracy Holloway King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG12 Conference. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 292-311.
  • Nikitina, T. 2011. The many ways to find the “right” and the “left”: On dynamic projection models in the encoding of spatial relations. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 338-354.
  • Nikitina, T. 2010. Logophoricity and number in Wan (Southeastern Mande). Konstantin Pozdniakov, Valentin Vydrin & Alexander Zheltov (eds.) Personal Pronouns in Niger-Congo Languages. St. Petersburg : St. Petersburg University Press, 106-113.
  • Maslov, B. & T. Nikitina. 2009a. De constructione Graeca quae ‘praegnans’ appellatur. Indoevropejskoe jazykoznanie i klassicheskaja filologija 13 : 421-24.
  • Nikitina, T. 2009b. Displaced arguments : S-O-V-X word order in Mande. Peter K. Austin, Oliver Bond, Monik Charette, David Nathan & Peter Sells (eds.) Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation & Linguistic Theory 2, London : SOAS, 233-39.
  • Nikitina, T. 2008. Dopolnenija isxodnogo i konechnogo punktov dvizhenija : K tipologii “rasscheplennykh” sistem kodirovanija. N.N. Kazansky (ed.) Acta Linguistica Petropolitana : Transactions of the Institute for Linguistic Studies, Vol. 4(2). Saint-Pétersbourg : Nestor-Istoriia, 130-34.
  • Nikitina, T. 2007a. Embedded clauses with nominal internal structure in Wan (Mande) : Mixed syntax without class-changing morphology. N.N. Kazansky (ed.) Acta Linguistica Petropolitana : Transactions of the Institute for Linguistic Studies, Vol. 3(3). Saint-Pétersburg : Nestor-Istoriia, 270-94.
  • Nikitina, T. 2007b. Time reference of aspectual forms in Wan (Southeastern Mande). Doris L. Payne & Jaime Peña (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, 125-33. Somerville, MA : Cascadilla Press.
  • Zaenen, A., J. Carletta, G. Garretson, J. Bresnan, A. Koontz-Garboden, T. Nikitina, C. O'Connor & T. Wasow. 2004. Animacy encoding in English : why and how. D. Byron & B. Webber (eds.) Proceedings of the 2004 ACL Workshop on Discourse Annotation, Barcelona, July 2004, 118-25.
  • Carletta, J., S. Dingare, M. Nissim & T. Nikitina. 2004. Using the NITE XML toolkit on the Switchboard corpus to study syntactic choice : a case study. Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC2004), Lisbon, Portugal, 2004.

Comptes-rendus d’ouvrages

  • Nikitina, T. 2012. Compte-rendu de : Denis Creissels, “Le malinké de Kita”.Mandenkan 48 : 123-27.
  • Nikitina, T. 2007. Compte-rendu de : Andrej L. Malchukov, “Nominalization / Verbalization : Constraining a typology of transcategorial operations”. Linguistic Typology 11(3) : 605-14.


  • Reported discourse in Wan oral narratives: The choice between alternative perspective-indexing constructions. Workshop on Perspective-Indexing Constructions. 49th Annual Meeting of Socieatas Linguistica Europeae. Naples, September 2, 2016.
  • Frames of reference in discourse: Spatial descriptions in Bashkir (Turkic). Workshop in Language Variation and Change. University of Chicago, April 1, 2016.
  • Tone and syntactic domains in Wan (Mande). 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. UC Berkeley, March 23-26, 2016.
  • Discourse prominence and differential subject marking in Wan. Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora 2. Paris, December 2-4, 2015.
  • The role of discourse practice in the spread of linguistic features: The case of logophoricity. 8th World Congress of African Linguistics. Workshop on Areal Phenomena in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa. Kyoto University, August 20-24, 2015.
  • Ablative and allative marking of static locations: A historical perspective. 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics. Workshop on Space in Diachrony. Naples, July 27-31, 2015
  • Tonal manifestations of syntactic domains in Wan. Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters. Moscow, October 15-17, 2014
  • Nominalizations as a source of passive lability : The case of Mande languages. Voice Systems in Diachrony : A comparative perspective. Pavia, September 11, 2014
  • The “body part” construction as a source of new spatial postpositions in Wan (Mande). Syntax of the World’s Languages 6, Pavia, September 8-10, 2014
  • Sources and goals in static descriptions : The synchrony and diachrony of the competition. Workshop on Perspectivization in Language. Berlin, July 25-25, 2014
  • Conceptions of time through the prism of gesture : Evidence of the Wan language (Mande, West Africa). The 6th International Conference on Cognitive Science. Kaliningrad, Russia, Jule 22-26, 2014
  • Two systems of meronym assignment in Wan. The Meronymy Symposium. Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Mexico City, September 27-29, 2013
  • (with Dag Haug) Dominant participles from a historical perspective. 21th International Conference on Historical Linguistics. University of Oslo, August 5-9, 2013
  • Logophoricity and discourse reporting in Wan. Dmitry Olderogge Memorial Readings. St. Petersburg State University, April 20-22, 2013
  • When language and gesture do not converge : Spatial construal of time by speakers of Wan. Berkeley Linguistics Society 39. UC Berkeley, February 16, 2013
  • 20 septembre 2012 : “Towards a syntactic reconstruction of Proto-Mande.” Proto-Niger-Congo : Comparison and Reconstruction. LLACAN/INALCO
  • 29 août 2012 : “A shift from the ablative to the allative strategy in the encoding of spatial relations.” Societas Linguistica Europae 45th Annual Meeting, Université de Stockholm
  • 14 juin 2012 : “Introduced in translation : Encoding interclausal relations in Old Church Slavonic”. Exploring Ancient Languages through Corpora, Université d’Oslo
  • 13 fevrier 2012 : “Clause-internal correlatives and other “monsters” : Explaining clusters of typological rara”. Spoken Syntax Lab, Stanford University
  • 11 fevrier 2012 : “The many ways to find the “right” and the “left” : on fictive motion models in the encoding of spatial relations”. Berkeley Linguistics Society 38, UC Berkeley
  • 14 octobre 2011 : “Correlative clauses in Southeastern Mande”. Seminar for theoretical linguistics, Université d’Oslo
  • 15 septembre 2011 : “The relation of identification in Wan”. Le 3e Colloque sur les langues et linguistique mandé, LLACAN
  • 28 juillet 2011 : “Between noun and verb : Categorial reanalysis and argument realization.” 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, The Nominalizations Cycle Workshop. National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japon
  • 28 mai 2011 : “Labil’nost’ jazyka wan v tipologicheskom osveschenii. 50th Anniversary of the St. Petersburg Typology Group, Saint-Pétersbourg
  • 9 octobre 2010 : “Lexical splits in the encoding of motion events”. Workshop on Variation and Change in the Encoding of Motion Events, 4th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association. Bremen.
  • 26 septembre 2010 : “Left-dislocated constituents and relativization strategies in Mande”. Syntax of the World’s Languages IV. Lyon.
  • 13 septembre 2010 : “Logophoricity and person alignment : Niger-Congo and beyond”. International Workshop on Personal Pronouns in Niger-Congo Languages. Saint-Pétersbourg
  • 26 fevrier 2010 : “Spatial adpositions in Indo-European and Mande : A case study in diachronic typology”. Workshop on Conceptualization of Space (Konzeptualizierung von Raum : Morphosyntax und Semantik spatialer Relatoren), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 8 janvier 2010 : “Temporal deixis and deictic shift markers in Wan discourse”. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Baltimore.
  • 14 novembre 2009 : “Displaced arguments : S-O-V-X word order in Mande.” Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 2. SOAS, London
  • 19 août 2009 : “The syntax of postpositional phrases and word order in Mande”. The 6th World Congress of African Linguistics. Université de Cologne
  • 16 octobre 2008 : “SOVX word order in Mande : Against transformational accounts”. Syntax and Semantics Circle, UC Berkeley
  • 18 avril 2008 : “The syntax of nouns and restrictions on PP modification in Wan”. 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. University of Georgia, Athens
  • 5 janvier 2008 : “Nominalization in Wan : category mixing without mixed syntax?” Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Chicago
  • 20 janvier 2007 : “Lexical meaning and contextual inference : Goal/source ambiguity in descriptions of motion”. The (Un)usual Events Fest. Stanford University
  • 6 janvier 2007 : “Derivational morphology and mixed category constructions”. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Anaheim, USA
  • 19 septembre 2006 : “Aspectual forms and anaphoric time reference in Wan”. Chronos 7 : International Conference on Tense, Aspect, Mood, and Modality. University of Antwerp
  • 16 septembre 2006 : “Syntax of embedded clauses in Wan”. Syntax of the World's Languages (SWL 2). Lancaster University
  • 3 juin 2006 : “Pragmatic factors and variation in the expression of spatial goals : The case of into vs. in”. Conference on Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P. Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (OTS)
  • 7 avril 2006 : “Time reference of aspectual forms in Wan (Southeastern Mande)”. 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. University of Oregon, Eugene
  • 15 fevrier 2006 : « Le sémantisme des postpositions locatives en wan ». Colloque annuel de l'Institut de Linguistique Appliquée : Langues ivoiriennes - La théorie et la pratique. Institut de Linguistique Appliquée, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 31 juillet 2005 : “Mixed categories and language change in Niger-Congo”. The 17th International Conference on Historical Linguistics : Workshop on Constructions in Language Change. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 3 avril 2004 : “Expressing directed motion in Wan”. 35th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Harvard University