Mag. Dr.

Katsiaryna Ackermann


Katsiaryna Ackermann is researcher in the research unit Balkan Studies.

Brief Biography

English, German and Romance studies with the focus on historical linguistics and computer linguistics in Minsk (diploma with distinction 2003); a master’s degree in Indo-European and elective courses on Slavic and Iranian linguistics, Byzantine studies in Vienna. I gained my PhD (2011) with summa cum laude by Vienna University. PhD-thesis earned the 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, I 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 I was scientific supervisor of the research group in the “Sparkling science” project “I speak therefore I am“ that was honored with an award by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research. Since 2010, I have been involved in university and higher education teaching and assessment in Slavic and comparative linguistics, and cultural studies, language- and intercultural training. From 2011 to 2016, I was part of the research team of the RGNF project “Root Structure of the Indo-European” at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Since 2014, I have had multiple research stays and expeditions to the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Since 2017, I am research associate at the interdisciplinary Centre CIMA in the field of palaeographic and philological research into the oldest Slavic manuscripts. From 2020 to 2021, I was Marie-Jahoda Grantee for the Habilitation project “Thesaurus of Slavic Kinship. A cognitive semantics study”. 2021, I founded Language-Culture-Cognition Lab.  In this framework, I supervise the pilot projects “Conceptualizing the own and the foreign in oral idioms across the Balkans” involving early-career researchers (2022-2023).

Research Interests

Time: 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, Triangular (Linguistics, Archaeology and Archaeogenetics) studies of the prehistoric mobility and language dispersals, language contact, socio- and cognitive linguistics, language typology and language universals, socio- and cultural anthropology

Selected Publications