Johanna Nichols, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Affiliate Professor Emerita of Linguistics


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Linguistics).

Professor Nichols has retired but remains actively involved in teaching and mentoring graduate students.

Distinguished Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Slavic linguistics (emeritus)

Affiliate Professor, Department of Lingustics, UC Berkeley  (emeritus)

Helsinki University Humanities Visiting Professor, 2017-2019

Research Supervisor, Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, Higher School of Education, Moscow, 2017-2019

I am a historical typologist specializing in the languages of the western steppe periphery, especially Slavic and Nakh-Daghestanian (central Caucasus).  My work also deals with large-scale Eurasian and worldwide linguistic distributions and chronologically with the whole Quaternary.  I have an ongoing documentation program on Ingush and Chechen (Nakh-Daghestanian), have published dictionaries of both languages and a comprehensive grammar of Ingush, and am expanding and annotating very large spoken corpora of both languages.  Together with Balthasar Bickel (University of Zurich) I co-developed and co-manage the Autotyp network of large typology databases.

See my CV, publications, and downloadables at