Olesya Khanina is a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). She is currently involved into documentation of a Northern Samoyedic language, Enets, supported by ELDP (SOAS, London). She has received her PhD on Linguistic encoding of wanting: a typological study from Moscow State University in Russia. Since then she has worked as a postdoc in MPI EVA and University of Edinburgh.
Her main research interests include language documentation, in particular in Siberia, morphosyntactic and semantic typology, and language contact. Recently, when confronted with Enets field data, she has also become interested in phonetics and phonology.
Olesya is interested in languages of Siberia and their social context. She has field experience in Samoyedic (Enets and Tundra Nenets) and Turkic (Tatar, Chuvash and Balkar). Her latest research interest has also been in Central Pacific.