Dr. Maria Khachaturyan’s main descriptive focus is the Mano ethnic group and their language (400,000 speakers in Guinea and Liberia). She has being doing fieldwork among the Mano people since 2009. In 2015, she published a grammar of Mano. She is interested in linguistic documentation, (historical) syntax, typology and the study of deictic categories, specifically temporal and spatial/cognitive deixis, in the interactional context. In her current project in linguistic anthropology, she is studying the linguistic performance of the Mano Catholic community, including spontaneous Bible translation and the role that a common ground plays in the linguistic practices of a religious community in the broader context of religious conversion. She is also working on a comparative project focusing on language change fuelled by the Christianisation and translation of ecclesiastic texts. The latter project is supported by a grant from the Fyssen Foundation in France.
She earned her PhD in Linguistics, summa cum laude, from INaLCO, Paris, France in 2014, her M1 in Sociology from Collège Universitaire Français, Moscow, Russia in 2011, and her MA and BA in Linguistics from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia in 2010. From 2015 to 2017 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.