I am a linguist affiliated to the Research Center for East Asian Linguistics (CRLAO) in Paris. My research interests include:

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Tibeto-Burman linguistics
descriptive linguistics
comparative linguistics
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linguistic typology
areal linguistics
language contact

I currently work on synchronic and diachronic descriptions of Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in mountainous regions in the south-west of China. My focus includes Tibetan languages (such as Baima 白马) and Qiangic languages (such as Xumi 旭米, Lizu 里汝, Ersu 尔苏, and Duoxu 多续). I have also worked on the semantics and syntax of Beijing Mandarin (a language also known as Peking Mandarin, or Pekingese for short).

Katia Chirkova with two speakers of the Duoxu language (Mianning, Sichuan Province, China, June 2016)

On this website you'll find an outline of my research projects, a list of my publications, a list of my presentations, sound files of languages I am working on, and pictures of my linguistic fieldwork in China. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding my work, please feel free to contact me.