Olga Sozinova

Olga Sozinova

Doctoral student SNSF (Text Group)

Phone: +41 (0)44 634 57 94

olga.sozinova@uzh.ch

Website

SHORT BIO

I am working on my PhD project at the URPP Language and Space starting from October 2018. The project is a part of Tanja Samardžić's SNSF project  "Non-randomness in Morphological Diversity: A Computational Approach Based on Multilingual Corpora".
I have a background in various fields of linguistics, with a main focus on computational linguistics. My research is inspired by possibilities of programming and other state-of-the-art tools for analyzing language data and understanding language related phenomena.

PHD PROJECT

Refining Text-based Measures of Morphological Diversity: Computational Analysis of Inflection vs. Derivation

The PhD project is aimed to develop new methods for measuring specific types of morphology, inflectional vs. derivational. The following tasks are to do in order to achieve this aim:

  • Collect data and build a corpus for 100 languages (typologically balanced);
  • Explore existing tools for automatic morphological processing;
  • Find out methods to measure different types of morphology.

An expected outcome of the project is a classification of languages by a devised measure (numerical value), reflecting their inflectional and derivational morphological richness.

Supervisor: Tanja Samardžić

Co-supervisor, professor in charge: Martin Volk

PUBLICATIONS

Articles

Arkhangel’skii, T. A. & Sozinova, O. A. (2015). A multimedia corpus of the Yiddish language. Automatic Documentation and Mathematical Linguistics, 49(2), 47-53.

 

Conference proceedings

Sozinova, O. (2016). Complex networks-based approach to Russian rhyme history description: linguostatistics and database.In Digital Humanities 2016, Conference Abstracts, Krakow, Poland, 891-893.

Sozinova, O. & Khudyakova, M. (2016). Tense switching in narratives by Russian aphasia speakers.In Temas de lingüística clínica. Proceedings of the IV Clinical Linguistics International Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 209. 95-939. 

 

Conference presentations

Sozinova, O. (2015). Rhyme: psychological experiment. Gasparov Readings 2015. Russian State University for the Humanities. Moscow, Russia.

Sozinova, O. (2015). Rhyme properties in Marina Tsvetaeva’s verse. Structure of Verse workshop. Leiden, Netherlands. report in the HSE news

Sozinova, O. (2015), Corpus research on the variation of the reflexive
postfix -sja in the Russian subdialect of the Ustya river basin. Norwegian Graduate Student Conference in Linguistics and Philology. Tromsø, Norway. report in the HSE news

von Waldenfels, R., Dobrushina, N., Daniel, M., Ter-Avanesova, A., Levin, I.,
Sozinova, O. & Zhigul’skaya, V. (2015). Modelling speaker variation and dialect change in Northern Russia. The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE. Leipzig, Germany.

Grabovskaya, M., Kasyanova P. & Sozinova, O. (2015). Semantic analysis of Russian augmentatives using RNC. Conference on computational and corpus linguistics, ConCorT 2015. Educational center ”Voronovo”, Russia.

Grabovskaya, M., Kasyanova P. & Sozinova, O. (2015). Corpus research on Russian augmentatives. I Student conference at the Institute of Linguistics. Russian State University for the Humanities. Moscow, Russia.

SCHOLARSHIPS

2016 – 2018

Master Grant of the University of Bern

2015 – 2016

Oxford Russia Fund Scholarship;
Increased State Academic Scholarship for noteworthy research achievements (Moscow, Russia)

2014 – 2015

Increased State Academic Scholarship for noteworthy academic achievements (twice);
Increased State Academic Scholarship for noteworthy research achievements (Moscow, Russia)

 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2018 Linguist Consultant (Russian), Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
2015 – 2016 Junior Linguist (German), API.AI
2015 Laboratory Assistant, Neurolinguistic Laboratory, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
2014 – 2015 Teaching Assistant in German, School of Linguistics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

 

EDUCATION

Main education

2018 – present

PhD in Computational Linguistics

Text Group, URPP Language and Space

University of Zurich
Research topic: Refining Text-based Measures of Morphological Diversity: Computational Analysis of Inflection vs. Derivation. Supervised by Dr. Tanja Samardžić, Prof. Dr. Martin Volk. 

2016 – 2018

MA in Linguistics, specialized in Historical Linguistics,

Minor: Slavic Languages and Literatures

University of Bern

Thesis: Reconstruction of Old Chinese Phonology based on Computational Linguistic Analysis of the Shijing Rhymes. Supervised by Prof. Dr. George van Driem.

2012 – 2016

BA in Fundamental and Applied Linguistics, specialized in Computational Linguistics

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Thesis: Complex Networks-based Approach to Russian Rhyme History Description: Linguostatistics and Database (full text in Russian). Supervised by Prof. Dr. Boris Orekhov.

Exchange studies

2015 – 2016

Exchange program in Computational Linguistics (winter semester)

University of Tübingen

2014

Exchange program in Linguistics (spring semester)

University of Bern

Summer schools

2017

Chinese Language Summer School

University of Wuhan

2014

Introduction to Contemporary Neurolinguistics

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Programming: Python, R, Java GitHub

Web-development: Python (Django, Flask), HTML & CSS, JavaScript (AJAX), ElasticSeach

Databases: Neo4j, MySQL

Graphics software: Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Corel Painter & Draw

Mark-up: LaTeX

 

LANGUAGES

Russian (native); English, German (fluent); French (intermediate); Chinese, Bulgarian, Serbian (elementary)