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Eighth International Conference on Iranian Linguistics

(ICIL 8)

Department of Iranian Studies of Yerevan State University

11-13 October 2018


We are pleased to invite you to the Eighth International Conference on Iranian Linguistics, organised by the Department of Iranian Studies of Yerevan State University (Armenia).

The ICIL conferences aim to bring together linguists and philologists of different theoretical backgrounds working on Iranian languages. There are only plenary sessions during the conferences in order to allow participants to attend all presentations.

The selection of abstracts is thus necessarily strict (usually some 35-40 abstracts, plus ca. 10 posters out of far more than 100 submissions).

ICIL organisers have also published peer-reviewed collections of conference proceedings.

Organising Committee
  • Vardan Voskanian (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Agnes Korn (CNRS; UMR Mondes iranien et indien, France)
  • Ilya Yakubovich (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)

Conference Secretary
  • Arpine Arushanyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)

Conference Board
  • Gilles Authier (École pratique des hautes études, PSL, France)
  • Vaclav Blažek (Masaryk University, Czech)
  • Habib Borjian (Colombia University, USA)
  • Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Vladimir Ivanov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)
  • Mahmoud Jafari Dehaghi (University of Tehran, Iran)
  • Hasmik Kirakosyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Martin Kümmel (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany)
  • Ludwig Paul (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
  • Ahmadjan Quronbekov (Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan)
  • Ebrahim Ranjbar (Tabriz University, Iran)
  • Georgi Sanikidze (Ilia State University, Georgia)
  • Nicolas Sims-Williams (University of London, UK)
  • Andrea Scala (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)

Executive Committee
  • Hakob Avchyan (Yerevan State University)
  • Noonik Darbinian (Yerevan State University)
  • Sona Davtyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Armen Israyelyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Nshan Kesecker (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Sebastian Kurt Heine (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
  • Garik Misakyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Liana Petrosyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Lusine Ter-Hovhannisyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Artyom Tonoyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
  • Aharon Vardanyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
Call for Papers

We expressly solicit contributions from the full range of Iranian linguistics, including formal theoretical perspectives, computational linguistics, typological and functional perspectives, as well as diachronic and areal perspectives.
Submission guidelines
Abstracts must be in .docx, .doc, or .pdf formats, no longer than 700-800 words with examples and references in a Unicode-compatible font.

Submissions should be in English and sent in two versions, one anonymous and one including the full name and affiliation of the author(s).

Abstracts will be anonymously referred by members of the scientific committee.

Submissions are limited to one single-authored and one co-authored paper per person.

Please send your abstracts to the following e-mail addresses: icil8@ysu.am and/or icil8yerevan@gmail.com

NB: Unreadable text, invalid e-mail addresses and the like are at your own risk.
Deadline for abstracts: 10 May 2018
Notification Date: 30 May 2018
Conference: 11-13 October 2018

The conference fee is 70€. It includes participation, coffee breaks, lunches, conference dinner and cultural programme. The fee must be paid in cash at the time of registration.
  • ICIL 7 (Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University) , 28-30 August 2017
    • Invited speakers: Joy I. Edelmann (Moscow), Geoffrey Haig (Bamberg), Vladimir Ivanov (Moscow)
  • ICIL 6 (G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies, Ilia State University, Tbilisi), June 2015:
    • Invited speakers: Mostafa Asi (Tehran); Martin Schwartz (Berkeley)
  • ICIL 5 (Universität Bamberg), August 2013:
    • Invited speakers: Bernard Comrie (Leipzig); Éva Jeremiás (Budapest)
    • Papers from this conference have been published as:
      Jila Ghomeshi, Carina Jahani, Agnès Lenepveu-Hotz (eds.) 2016: Further Topics in Iranian Linguistics. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Iranian Linguistics, held in Bamberg on 24-26 August 2013 [Cahiers de Studia Iranica 58].
  • ICIL 4 (Uppsala Universitet), June 2011:
    • Invited speakers: Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam (Tehran); Bo Utas (Uppsala)
    • Papers from this conference have been published as:
      Geoffrey Haig, Carina Jahani (eds.), in: Orientalia Suecana 61 (2012), pp. 123-209. ISSN: 0078-6578; 61
  • ICIL 3 (Université Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle), September 2009
    • Invited speakers: Richard Larson (Stony Brook); Nicholas Sims-Williams (London); guest of honour: Gilbert Lazard
    • Papers from this conference have been published as:
      Agnes Korn, Geoffrey Haig, Simin Karimi, Pollet Samvelian (eds.): Topics in IranianLinguistics [Beiträge zur Iranistik 34]. Wiesbaden: Reichert (2011). ISBN: 978-3-89500-826-9
  • ICIL 2 (Universität Hamburg), August 2007:
    • Invited speaker: Anders Holmberg (Newcastle)
  • ICIL 1 (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig / Germany), June 2005:
    • Invited speakers: Mohammad Bateni (Tehran); Gilbert Lazard (Paris)
    • Papers from this conference have been published as:
      Simin Karimi, Vida Samiian, Donald Stilo (eds.): Aspects of Iranian Linguistics. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2008). ISBN: 9781847186393
The conference will take place at the Department of Iranian Studies, Yerevan State University.
One of the important educational and cultural undertakings of each country has always been the foundation of a university. In regards to this the Republic of Armenia (RA) was not an exception. In 1919, on the 16th of May, the RA Council of Ministers decided to establish a university in Armenia. This was realised on the 31st of January in 1920 in Alexandropol’s (Gyumri) trade school. A gorgeous opening ceremony was held with the government and guests from abroad in attendance. Classes began in February of that same year. The first lecture was given by the outstanding scholar Stepan Malkhasyanc. In the beginning, there was only one faculty, that of History and Linguistics, with 262 students and 32 lecturers. Owing to the great efforts of the first rector, Yuri Ghambaryan, experienced scholars from abroad having great pedagogical and scientific experience were invited to work at YSU. Among them were the noted Hakob Manandyan, Manuk Abeghyan, and Stepan Malkhasyanc. In 1920, Armenia became a part of the Soviet Union. On the 17th of December, the first national commissioner of education of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, Ashot Hovhannisyan, declared a “new order of the university reformation”, whereby the university was renamed “Yerevan State University.” This was realised during the tenure of rector Hakob Manandyan, famed historian and Armenologist. In the 20’s, the university was located on Astafyan (now Abovyan) Street on the first floor of the teacher's seminary. The National University had 2 faculties: Social Sciences and Biological Sciences. In 1921, there were already 5 faculties, namely the Faculties of Biology, Oriental Studies, Technical Studies, Pedagogy, and Soviet Industry. Later, the Faculty of Biology was renamed into the Faculty of Agriculture. In March 1922 a Medical Faculty was also founded. According to the government decision of 20.10.1923, the National University was renamed into State University. Therefore, the responsibilities and status of the university increased, and at the same time the requirements became more complicated. Experienced lecturers from abroad with knowledge of several foreign languages were invited after a thorough election by the authorities of the university. As of 2006, the rector of YSU is NAS RA Associate Member, Doctor of History, Professor Aram Simonyan.
Conference organisers will facilitate the reservation process at any of Yerevan's many lovely hotels and provide any other assistance needed. We have pre-booked rooms at some hotels close to the conference venue with special rates for conference participants. You are of course free to choose any hotel using websites such as Booking.com or similar services. You can also use private rental services such as AirBnb, which may be cheaper. In all cases, when making your booking, please indicate the full name of the conference in order to receive a discounted rate. If you need visa support, you can direct your request directly to the hotel.
Useful information
We have compiled some helpful info for visiting Yerevan, which can be found here.

DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan

Find modern comfort at the brand-new DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan City Centre. Conveniently located in the heart of Armenia’s capital, our charming hotel provides easy access to Yerevan’s top businesses and leisure attractions. Yerevan Municipality and bank offices are on our doorstep, while Zvartnots International Airport is just a 15 minutes’ drive away. Each floor of the hotel has a public balcony, offering splendid panoramic views of the city. All 176 of our comfortable guest rooms feature a 32-inch LCD smart television, work desk, minibar and walk-in shower. Stretch out in a spacious suite, complete with separate living area, two televisions and whirlpool. Retreat to Atmosphere SPA wellness center and feel the stresses of your day melt away. Choose from gloriously indulgent services such as full or partial body treatments, or sit back in the sauna or Roman steam bath. Work out in our fully equipped fitness center. Start your day the right way with our Wake-up DoubleTree Breakfast™ buffet. MORA Restaurant presents a tantalizing à la carte menu of homemade pasta, meat and fish dishes, all prepared by our Italian chef. Sip cocktails or pick up traditional Armenian coffee and enjoy chilled-out music in our 24-hour Lobby Bar. Ideal for a number of business events and gala dinners, our large conference hall can seat up to 250 guests. Hold smaller get-togethers in a meeting room equipped with all the necessary conference technology.


  • Located in the center of Yerevan, surrounded by business and leisure attractions.
  • Just 15 minutes’ drive from Zvartnots International Airport.
  • 176 comfortable guest rooms and suites with complimentary WiFi.
  • SPA wellness center and fully equipped fitness center.
  • Gold Restaurant and stylish indoor and outdoor bars.
  • 300 sq. meter conference hall ideal for events and gala dinners and 8 meeting rooms.
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Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan welcomes you with gracefully appointed accommodation, outstanding amenities and a prime location in the city. You'll find us steps from Republic Square and within a short distance of the US Embassy; the airport is nearby as well. Stylish rooms offer deluxe bedding, high-speed internet, marble bathrooms and soundproof windows. Stop by one of our hotel restaurants for delicious dining, including authentic Italian cuisine, international favorites and a stylish bar/lounge; 24-hour room service is available, too. Be sure to cap off your meal with a treat from our on-site ice cream parlor! Challenge yourself to a workout in the fitness center, or take a dip in our seasonal outdoor pool. Our hotel is Yerevan's premier destination for business and social events, with the city's largest ballroom, cutting-edge audiovisual facilities and great catering. Whatever brings you here to Armenia's capital city, we're confident you'll be thrilled with your stay at Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan.


  • Our hotel rooms offer everything you need for a relaxed visit - from plush bedding and in-room bathrobes to flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service.
  • Well-located in Yerevan city centre, our hotel offers access to the National Gallery, Republic Square, Matenadaran and the Tsitsernakaberd monument.
  • Recently renovated and boasting modern equipment, our fitness center enables you to stay healthy with ease during your visit to Armenia.
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Grand Hotel Yerevan

The Oldest Working Hotel in Yerevan…with Italian Soul

Enjoy the elegance of Italian style at the Grand Hotel Yerevan. Our General Manager Antonio Petrucci and his highly professional staff invite you to discover the hotel facilities to relax your mind and body. Explore the fine atmosphere of our suites perfectly equipped for comfort and convenience, delicate luxury of the Dolce Vita Lounge Bar and gentle recreational therapy of the hotel’s spa center, as well as the tastes of unique dishes offered by the Italian chef of the Rossini Restaurant. The building itself was designed by famous architect Nikolay Buniatyan and reconstructed in 1999 by architect Roy Khachatryan. The hotel offers 104 rooms fully renovated in classical and luxurious style in 2015. The Winter Garden of the hotel was also restored, along with the comfortable and well-equipped conference and banquet hall; all are now decorated with fine handmade Armenian carpets. This is the best place to organize business meetings, seminars, conferences, trainings, presentations, etc.


  • Taste
    The “smorgasbord” breakfast in the Rossini Restaurant from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. which offers a wide range of sweet and salty dishes; dishes of local and international variety are cooked by our Italian chef and served from 12 p.m. to 11 p. m. Fine cocktails accompanied by live music in the Dolce Vita Lounge Bar which is open 24/7. Prepare yourself to enjoy our great service, high quality food and fresh design.
  • Relax
    In the hotel’s spa center. Beauty procedures and massages will revitalize you. In the Zanzibar summer pool, fitness center or sauna bath.
  • Take advantage of
    Free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. Comfortable and well-equipped conference halls. Free international newspapers with room delivery which are available upon request. Currency exchange from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 24 hour ATM.
  • Explore
    The most picturesque sites of Armenia. Use the opportunity to take part in organized tours which are available upon request: Sevan Lake, Garni Temple and Geghard and Khor Virap Monasteries, Jermuk and Dilijan resorts. Transportation can be ordered at the hotel. Theaters and concert halls of Yerevan; ticket booking service is available at reception desk upon request. The most prestigious boutiques and malls of the Armenian capital; use the exclusive Personal Shopper service and special discounts which are available upon request.
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Opera Suite Hotel

Luxury Suite Hotel in Yerevan

Opera Suite Hotel is situated in the heart of Yerevan, one of the most historic and modern cities in the world. This luxury hotel showcases refined taste and creates a valuable experience of comfort and relaxation for travelers. Due to its ideal location, convenience of 106 suits, wide range of facilities and high-quality service, it has distinguished itself as one of the best hotels in Yerevan.

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 2 p.m.
  • Check-out: 12 p.m.
  • Early check-in upon availability
  • Late check-out till 6 p.m. 50% of the room rate will be applicable, after 6 p.m. full night charge will be applicable.
  • Minimum Age for Registration: 18
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations at our hotel must be made 24 hours prior to the date of arrival to avoid cancellation fee.
Accepted Payment Options
  • Master Card
  • Visa
  • American Express
We accept payments only in Armenian drams.
Food Policy
  • Food and Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be brought into the hotel for hygiene and quality control purposes. Any food founded in the room will be removed immediately.
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Yerevan

5-Star Hilltop Hotel In Yerevan With City and Mountain Views

With a stunning location near Victory Park and Areni Lake, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Yerevan offers 5-star accommodation on the upscale Azatutyan Avenue. Our magnificent hilltop setting provides beautiful views of Yerevan city center against the backdrop of Mount Ararat, and our upscale facilities deliver a resort feel with proximity to many local businesses and embassies. Attractions like the Cascade Complex and the Charles Aznavour House Museum are also within walking distance of our family-friendly hotel, or you can easily board a bus or train nearby to reach other destinations. In addition to our breath-taking location, our Yerevan hotel features 142 immaculate rooms and suites housed within an eye-catching stone and glass façade. Armenian design and soothing colors gorgeously fill each room, along with modern conveniences such as minibars and free high-speed Wi-Fi. Enjoy magnificent views from every room, as well as from our 2 on-site restaurants, which offer lovely outdoor dining areas for easy access to the surrounding scenery. Other amenities include 2 on-site bars, laundry services and a spa and fitness center with a pool. Our central hotel also offers 6 attractive meeting rooms perfect for business or social gatherings of up to 200 delegates.

At a Glance

  • Stunning Views Admire Victory Park, Areni Lake and the cityscape stretching toward majestic Mount Ararat from our hilltop location.
  • Strategic Location Our Yerevan hotel lies near a number of foreign embassies and government offices, as well as landmarks like the Cascade Arts Center and Mother Armenia Monument, making it an ideal base for both business and leisure trips.
  • Stylish Comfort Rest comfortably in our 5-star accommodation adorned with Armenian-inspired patterns, ornaments and calligraphy.
  • Rooftop Restaurant Gaze at Mount Ararat as you enjoy upscale dining at our rooftop venue, Ad Astra, which offers international and Armenian fusion cuisine.
  • Free Parking Take advantage of worry-free parking with complimentary use of our indoor garage.
  • Spa & Fitness Treat your mind and body to a relaxing session in the sauna or hammam, then book a pampering spa treatment or go for a swim in the indoor pool.
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Ani Plaza Hotel Yerevan

Being the biggest hotel in Yerevan Armenia, Ani Plaza opens up its doors for thousands of tourists visiting the country each year. We offer quality service tailored to satisfy the most demanding client. Restaurants, cafés, bars, conference-rooms, SPA & beauty salons, swimming pool, fitness center are at your disposal here. The guest rooms offer a spectacular view over the city: one can admire the famous Mount Ararat - the symbol of Armenia, as well as the masterpiece of architecture, the building of the National Opera and Ballet Theater. It takes only 15 minutes to get from the “Zvartnots” airport to our central hotel in Yerevan, Armenia. Most tourist attractions are within walking distance from here. You will be fascinated by the Republic Square with its enchanting show of singing fountains, the wonderful Cascade complex and the centre of arts, the Northern Avenue with its unforgettable combination of contemporary architecture and ethnical traditions, the largest museum of ancient manuscripts called Matenadaran, the museum of history and many other exciting places which undoubtedly are the hallmark of Armenia. The best restaurants, cafés and boutiques where you can enjoy your time are all close to Ani Plaza.


With its 262 rooms Ani Plaza Hotel is the biggest in the country. Our spacious rooms will satisfy both the businessmen and tourists, as well as families who value comfort, cosines and all the necessary facilities

Dining and leasure

At “Ani” Restaurant you can taste the true flavor of the genuine Armenian dishes as well as enjoy the traditional European food. For your leisure we offer you the following facilities:
  • Lounge bar
  • «Snezhinka» café
  • Garden Bar

Other services

  • Room Service
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM Machine
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Guest relations
  • Taxi service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage room
  • Wake-up call service
  • Special treatment service
Ani Plaza Hotel cares about your beauty and wellness by offering you the following facilities:
  • Indoor Swimming Pool (18 x 6 m, 1.5 m deep, equipped with ultraviolet and ozone cleaning technology)
  • Sauna
  • Gym
  • “Relax” SPA center
  • Solarium
  • Massage
  • Beauty salon
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Erebuni Fortress
Khor Virap Monastery
Garni Temple
Geghard Monastery
Yerevan Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the thirteenth in the history of Armenia, and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese; the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.
Erebuni Fortress Erebuni Fortress, also known as Arin Berd is an Urartian fortified city, located in Yerevan, Armenia. It is 1,017 meters (3,337 ft) above sea level. It was one of several fortresses built along the northern Urartian border and was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centers of the vast kingdom.
Khor Virap Monastery The Khor Virap (meaning "deep dungeon") is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Artashat, Ararat Province, within the territory of ancient Artaxata. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos.
Garni Temple The Temple of Garni is an Ionic-colonnaded temple in Garni, Armenia. It is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. It is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia.
Geghard Monastery Geghard (meaning "spear") is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.