Vera Tsukanova

Vera Tsukanova

Wiss. Mitarbeiterin


+49 6421 28-24810 vera.tsukanova@staff 1 Deutschhausstraße 12
35032 Marburg
F|14 Institutsgebäude (Raum: 01A44)
Mo, 15-16 Uhr


Philipps-Universität Marburg Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien (CNMS) Fachgebiet Semitistik
  • Curriculum Vitae

    I graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow) with the specialization in Theoretical Linguistics and the Arabic language in 2001. In years 1999-2000 I obtained a scholarship from the University of Kuwait to study Arabic as a foreign language at the Language center. My diploma was dedicated to the phonology and morphology of the Arabic dialect of Kuwait.

    Before coming to Marburg I was employed as interpreter at the Embassy of Kuwait in Moscow, computer linguist and lecturer at several Universities in Moscow, including my alma mater. There I taught the Arabic Language, Arabic Dialectology, Syrian Arabic, Theoretical Grammar and History of the Arabic Language, as well and Readings in Arabic Literature. I directed the academic work of some 15 students in the field of Arabic Linguistics. In addition to teaching, I was a part of the research group, whose work culminated in the monograph "Dream narratives: Corpus Study of Russian Oral Discourse". Furthermore, I conducted research on the discourse functions of the verb forms in the Kuwaiti dialect of Arabic.

    I am employed as a research associate at the Program in Semitic Studies of the University of Marburg since October 2016. My doctoral dissertation project is concerned with the evolution of the derivational verbal system in Arabic in its Semitic context. My obligations include teaching a variety of Semitic languages. In 2019, I edited Issue 13 of the journal “Middle East – Topics and Arguments” entitled “Contacts”.

  • Research


    Dissertation project The evolution of the derivational verbal system in Arabic in its Semitic context under supervision by Stefan Weninger.


    1. Рефлексы заднеязычных смычных в кувейтском диалекте арабского языка (= Reflexes of velar obstruents in the Kuwaiti dialect of Arabic). In: Proceedings of the conference “Shkola molodogo vostokoveda”, pp. 55–56. Saint-Petersburg, 2004.

    2. Discourse functions of the verb in the dialect of sedentary Kuwaitis. In: Prochazka S., V. Ritt-Benmimoun (eds.) Between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Studies on Contemporary Arabic Dialects. Proceedings of the 7th AIDA Conference, held in Vienna from 5-9 September 2006, pp.  447–55. Wien, 2008.

    3. Базовый порядок слов и топикализация в арабском языке. (= Basic word order and topicalization in Arabic.) In: Kazanskij N.N. (ed.) Issledovanija po tipologii i grammatike. Acta linguistica Petropolitana, pp. 189–93. Saint-Petersburg, 2008.

    4. Лексика боли в арабском языке. (Pain predicates in the Arabic language.) (Co-authored with Yu.V. Lukina). In: Bricyn V., Rakhilina E., Reznikova T., Yavorskaya G. (eds.) Koncept bol’ v tipologicheskom osveshenii (Concept of Pain in Typological Perspective), pp. 314–28. Kiev, 2009.

    5. First author of the chapters “Fragmentation of Coordinated NPs”, “Serialization”, “Reduplication” in the collective monograph “Rasskazy o snovidenijakh. Korpusnoe issledovanie ustnogo russkogo diskursa (= Night Dream Stories: A corpus study of spoken Russian discourse)” A.A. Kibrik, V.I. Podlesskaya (eds.). Moscow, 2009.

    6. Contacts in the MENA region: a brief introduction. (Co-authored with Evgeniya Prusskaya). Middle East – Topics and Arguments 2019; Vol. 13, “Contacts”: pp. 5–11.

    7. Arabic as a scholarly language? Pitfalls of multilingualism in scholarship. (Co-authored with Michael Waltisberg). Middle East – Topics and Arguments 2019; Vol. 13, “Contacts”: pp. 30–6.

    Book Reviews

    1. Aldoukhi, Rima / Procházka, Stephan / Telič, Anna: Lehrbuch des Syrisch-Arabischen 1. Praxisnaher Einstieg in den Dialekt von Damaskus. 2. Auflage. Unter Mitarbeit von Narine Grigoryan. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2016. & Aldoukhi, Rima / Procházka, Stephan / Telič, Anna: Lehrbuch des Syrisch-Arabischen 2. Damaszenisch für Fortgeschrittene. Unter Mitarbeit von Narine Grigoryan. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2014. In: Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 2018; 113 (4–5): pp. 357–8.

    2. Bruweleit, Stefan: Aspect, Tense and Action in the Arabic Dialect of Beirut. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2015. In: Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 2018; 113(6): pp. 473–476.

    Recent Talks

    1. The Origins of the Causative S-Stem in Hassaniya Arabic. // 33. Deutscher Orientalistentag „Asien, Afrika und Europa“. Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, 18.–22. September 2017.

    2. Редкие породы в арабских диалектах: грамматическая или лексическая деривация? (= Rare verb stems in the Arabic dialects: grammatical or lexical derivation?) // Востоковедные чтения 2018: Лексикология и лексикография. К 200-летию ИВ РАН. Москва, Институт востоковедения РАН, 4-6 апреля 2018. (= Colloquium of oriental studies 2018: Lexicology and lexocography. Moscow, Institute of Oriental studies, 2018).

    3. Partial restructuring in West-Sudanic Arabic. // The 9th World Congress of African Linguistics. Faculty of letters and Human Sciences, Rabat, Morocco. 25–28.08.2018.

    4. Four-consonantal verbs in Arabic dialects: At the frontier between lexicology and derivation. // 7. Arbeitstagung der Sektion Semitistik innerhalb der DMG. Universität Wien. 27.02–01.03.2019.

    5. Verbal stem formation in Arabic dialects and Modern Standard Arabic, based on the lexical statistics. // 13th International Conference of the “Association Internationale de la Dialectologie Arabe”. Kutaisi, Georgia. 10–13.06.2019.

  • Classes given in CNMS

    WiSe 2016-2017, SoSe 2017.      Introduction into the Syriac language.

    WiSe 2017-2018, SoSe 2018.      Arabische Vertiefung.

    WiSe 2018-2019.                        Arabische Dialektologie.

    SoSe 2019.                                Arabische Dialekte vom Golf.

    WiSe 2019-2020.                        Syrische Lektüre.

    WiSe 2020-2021.                        Arabische Dialektologie.

    SoSe 2021.                                Klassisch-arabische Texte.

    WiSe 2020-2021, SoSe 2021.      Syrische Lektüre.

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