Fourth year PhD student Sasha Simonenko is back from her field trip to collect data on the Finno-Ugric language, Mari. McLing caught up with her to see how it went:

Together with Anna Volkova (Utrecht University), we spent 8 days in a Mari village of Starij Torjal. The hospitality of people there and the help we got from our consultants was amazing. We had about 4 consultant hours a day, and the rest of the time was spent analyzing the data we’d just got, preparing questions for the next day and buying chocolate truffles in a local store. Afterwards one of course realizes that one had to get more data and less truffles, but that’s a learning curve 🙂

Working with a Mari consultant in the local school building