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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


I received my bachelor's degree in fundamental and computational linguistics from HSE University in 2023 (diploma with distinction) and am currently doing my MPhil in theoretical and applied linguistics by thesis at the University of Cambridge. Since 2022, I have been organizing the Research seminar on Iranian languages, where talks on various Iranian and other closely related languages are presented monthly by well-known scholars and also students doing their research in linguistics.


My research interests concern the phonetics/phonology interface and laryngeal phenomena in the world's language, especially the way phonological features are realized on the surface level. Recently I have been researching acoustic cues for phonological voicing. I also develop digital language resources, online dictionaries in particular. My current projects include the website on Pamir languages (, Persian and Ossetic online dictionaries and an online database of verbal colexification.


Key publications: 

Y. Makarov. Aspiration length and intensity as potential acoustic cues to [voice] in final position: evidence from Shughni. In Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Prague: Guarant International, 2023.

– Y. Y. Makarov & V. A. Plungian. Towards the Description of Shughni Morphophonology [In Russian: К описанию шугнанской морфонологии: предварительные замечания]. In Essays in honour of O. F. Krivnova. Moscow: Buki Vedi, 2023.

– Y. Makarov, M. Melenchenko & D. Novokshanov. Digital Resources for the Shughni Language. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Resources and Technologies for Indigenous, Endangered and Lesser-resourced Languages in Eurasia within the 13th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference. Marseille: European Language Resources Association, 2022.

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.