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Russian Fulbright Scholar to speak on linguistics March 31

RELEASED: March 30, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The American Indian studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host Dr. Albina Kravchenko, a Russian Fulbright Scholar, at 5:30 p.m. March 31.

Kravchenko will present "Native Americans' Oral Traditions as a Linguistic Resource" in Room 117 of Phillips Science Hall. As an associate professor of linguistics at Gorno Altaisk State University in Russia, she studies indigenous worldviews and specifically the interactions between language, cognition and perception.

The presentation will feature a comparative study of indigenous worldviews manifested by Altaian, Russian, English and Choctaw verbal structures, focusing mainly on the language, philosophy and religious beliefs of Altai people.

Kravchenko's research combines insights and methods from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience and anthropology. Studying ancient creation stories, she has discovered important empirical examples of cross-linguistic universalities in thought.

For more information, contact Wendy Makoons Geniusz, director of American Indian studies, at geniuszw@uwec.edu or 715-836-6045.

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