Mag. Dr.

Katsiaryna Ackermann


Katsiaryna Ackermann is researcher at the research unit Balkan Studies.

Brief Biography

Katja Ackermann studied English, German and Romance studies with the focus on historical linguistics and computer linguistics at Minsk (diploma with distinction); a master’s degree in Indo-European and elective courses on Slavic and Iranian linguistics, Byzantine studies at Vienna. She was awarded a PhD (2011) with summa cum laude by Vienna University. Her PhD-thesis on the development of the Proto-Slavic aorist earned a prize from the Society for Indo-European Studies and appeared upon the invitation of the series editors in Brill’s Studies in Indo-European Languages and Linguistics. Between 2007 and 2016, she was a doctorate and post doc university assistant at the Institute of Linguistic Studies and the Institute of Slavonic Studies of Vienna University. In 2009-2010 she was the scientific supervisior of the research group in the “Sparkling science“-project “I speak therefore I am“, and was honored with an award by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research. Since 2010, she has been involved in university and higher education teaching and assessment in the field of Slavic and comparative linguistics and cultural studies, language- and intercultural training. From 2011 to 2016, she was part of the research team of the RGNF project “Root Structure of the Indo-European” at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Since 2017, she has been research associate at the Institute for Linguistic Studies of RAS, St. Petersburg. Since 2014, she has made multiple research stays and expeditions to the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Since 2017, she has been research associate at the interdisciplinary Centre CIMA in the field of paleographic and philological research into the oldest Slavic manuscripts. From 2020 to 2021, she was Marie-Jahoda Grantee for the Habilitation project “Thesaurus of Slavic Kinship. A cognitive semantics study”.


Research Interests

Period: prehistoric to modern periods
Area: when bound to a particular area, predominantly Eastern and Southern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean
Topics: Slavic and Baltic historical and comparative Linguistics, comparative Indo-European linguistics, and cultural studies, in particular Paleo-Balkan studies, language contact, Socio- and cognitive linguistics, language typology and language universals, socio- and cultural anthropology

Selected Publications

  • Die Vorgeschichte des slavischen Aoristsystems, 2014. Brill‘s Studies in Indo-European Linguistics 10. Brill: Leiden [et al.]. DOI 1506334
    Review by Prof. D. Petit (École Pratique des Haute Études, Sorbonne IV, Paris) for Kratylos
  • „Root variation vs. root extension – a putative PIE -i-infix?“ 2018/2019 Historische Sprachforschung 131, 1-47.
  • „Der slavische ‚Gast‘ und seine indoeuropäischen Kollegen.“ In: Jouravel, A., Mathys, A. & J. Sieber (eds.). Wort- und Formenvielfalt. Festschrift ... zum 80. Geburtstag (Studies on Language and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe 37).
  • "Old Chirch Slavonic." In: Hock, W., Keydana, G. and Widmer, P. Comparison and Gradation in Indo-European. The Mouton Handbooks of Indo-European Typology (MHIET). Vol.1, Berlin [et al.]: de Gruyter, 149-199.
  • „Vowel Gradation in Slavic.“ In: Greenberg, M. (et al.) Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics (ESLL). Brill. Online-Publikation 2020.
  • Synaxarium of Codex Zographensis. Online edition for the National library of Russia.


Die Vorgeschichte des slavischen Aoristsystems


Vowel Gradation (6.350 Wörter)


Old Church Slavonic, pp. 149-199