This page contains papers from a volume dedicated to Sasha's memory. The book is a collection of articles by Sasha’s colleagues, friends, and family. Each paper is an attempt to simultaneously overcome the grief and void left at her sudden passing, and to continue the conversation.

The volume begins with two tribute pieces. The first is by a group of Sasha’s closest friends who accompany us through the complexity of Sasha’s universe and the multiplicity of her roles, much beyond that of the Priestess of the Virtue of Science, as she liked to call herself with her signature irony. The second is a more technical account of her achievements as a professional linguist.

The second section contains three previously unpublished manuscripts by Sasha prepared by her colleagues and by her father, as well as a list of her publications (which you can also find here). Although it is a small, and not exhaustive sample, it shows the breadth of her constantly evolving interests: from formal syntax to construction grammar and all the way to anthropological linguistics.

The final section is an assemblage of fourteen pieces dedicated to Sasha, inspired by her, and written on topics tightly or loosely connected to her areas of inquiry: African, and especially Mande, languages; syntax and information structure; prosody and tone; multilingualism; traditional folklore and songs; and the relationship between linguistics and (visual) arts.

The title of the book, “Songs and trees”, thus connects two of the main themes of Sasha’s work: theoretical syntax and sung elements in traditional folklore. It also refers to one of her latest fiction pieces.

This publication is a testimony of Sasha's continuous presence in our lives, in our dreams, in our research, teaching and art practice. It is not a closure but a renewal. We are still touched by Sasha’s piercing and curious gaze, and we continue honoring her legacy.

PDF of the entire book

Songs and Trees: Papers in Memory of Sasha Vydrina / ed. by Nina Sumbatova, Ivan Kapitonov, Maria Khachaturyan, Sofia Oskolskaya, Samira Verhees. — St. Petersburg: Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2023. — 587 p.
Editors’ preface

Katia Golovko, Laure Breaud, Anne Foucault. Orality, body and archives based on our conversations with Sasha and also on her latest short text. PDF.

Maria Konoshenko. In Memoriam: Alexandra Vydrina (1988–2021). Reprinted with the author's permission from here.

Список публикаций А. В. Выдриной / Publications by Alexandra Vydrina. PDF.

А. В. Выдрина. Конструкции с глаголом стоить. Подготовили к печати М. А. Овсянникова и С. С. Сай. PDF.

Alexandra Vydrina. Default anaphoric agreement in Kakabe. Prepared by Valentin Vydrin. PDF.

Alexandra Vydrina. Reported speech and songs in the Kakabe corpus: Collection of unpublished materials. Prepared by Tatiana Nikitina. PDF, Speech reports database, Song database, Video.
Elena Perekhvalskaya. Song in tale: Udihe jaŋku / ʒ’ai. PDF.

Nadezhda Makeeva. [ATR] systems and interior vowels in Mande languages. PDF.

Natalia Kuznetsova. Homonymy and polysemy of lē in Guro: identificational, quotative, complementiser, focus, and relative-possessive functions. PDF.

Valentin Vydrin. Focalization in Bambara, in comparison with Kakabe. PDF.

Izabela Jordanoska. Focus marking and size in some Mande and Atlantic languages. PDF.

Martine Vanhove. The contrastive particle na / ni in Beja (North-Cushitic). PDF.

Timur Maisak. Variation in focus constructions in Nakh-Daghestanian. PDF.

Samira Verhees. The role of multilingualism in narratives in Botlikh (Dagestan). PDF.

М. Г. Меленченко, К. О. Конча, Н. Р. Добрушина. Социолингвистическое исследование в цудахарской зоне. PDF.

Peter Arkadiev. Unmarked resultatives in Abaza and passive lability. PDF.

А. П. Выдрин. Базисные конструкции предложения ягнобского языка. PDF.

Mikhail Knyazev. Neither a lexical verb nor a complementizer: evidential say-based complements in Сhuvash. PDF.

Sonya Oskolskaya. Towards the absence: on the notion of dedicatedness of markers (on the example of caritive constructions). PDF.

Maria Khachaturyan. Semiosis across space (and time). PDF.

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