Born: 1963, Moscow
Education and degrees
1979 – 1984: Department of Structural and Applied Linguistics, Philological Faculty, Moscow State University; M.A. earned in June 1984.
1984 – 1988: Institute of Linguistics, Academy of Sciences of the USSR; Ph.D. (Kandidat nauk) earned in April 1988.
2003: Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences [link]; Habilitation (Doktor nauk) earned in June 2003.
1984, M.A. thesis: Povtornaja nominacija: tipy i mexanizmy (Repeated mention: types and mechanisms). Moscow State University.133 p..
1988, Ph.D. dissertation: Tipologija sredstv oformlenija anaforicheskix svjazej. (A typology of anaphoric means). Institut Jazykoznanija AN SSSR. 365 pp..
2003, Habilitation report: Analiz diskursa v kognitivnoj perspektive (Discourse analysis in a cognitive perspective) [pdf]. Institute of Linguistics RAN. 90 pp..
1995 – present: Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics [link], Philological Faculty, Moscow State University. Current position: Professor.
1991-92: visiting scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of California at Santa Barbara.
1992: visiting scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson.
1996-97: Fulbright visiting scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon, Eugene.
1997: Fulbright visiting scholar, Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Grants and awards
1995. Fulbright program: 10-month scholarship for visit in the USA in 1996-97.
1999-2001: Research Support Scheme: Cognitive organization of narrative discourse in children with neuroses.
2000, 2006: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Scholarship for research stay in Germany in 2000-2001, 2006- 2007.
2001-2003: Russian Foundation for the Humanities: ”The Athabaskan linguistic type as a problem in theoretical and typological linguistics”.
2001: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology: A research grant for field work on Upper Kuskokwim Athabaskan.
2003-2005: Russian Foundation for Basic Research: “Referential choice in discourse: a neural networks approach”.
2005-2007: Russian Foundation for the Humanities: “The discourse bases of grammatical, lexical, and non-verbal linguistic phenomena”.
2006-2008: Russian Foundation for Basic Research: “Cognitive mechanisms of discourse segmentation”.
2010: Russian Foundation for the Humanities: “A multi-modal approach to the study of grammar and discourse”.
For a full list of grants and awards click here.
Membership in professional organizations
Cognitive Lingustics Association (since 1997).
Association for Linguistic Typology (since 1997).
Russian Association for Cognitive Studies (since 2006); member of the Association’s board.
International Arctic Social Sciences Association (since 2008).
Service on boards of journals and book series
Studies in Language (Amsterdam, John Benjamins), 1996 – 2003.
Cognitive Linguistics (Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter), 1997 – 2004.
Typological Studies in Language (Amsterdam, John Benjamins), 1996 –
Kognitivnye issledovanija (Cognitive Studies; Moscow, Instutute of Psychology RAS), 2006 –
Other professional experience and service
1990: Organization of the Soviet conference on linguistic typology. Institute of Linguistics, AN SSSR.
2004: Vice chairman of the Program committee of the First International Conference on Cognitive Science. Kazan State University.
2006: Member of the Program committee of the Second International Conference on Cognitive Science. St Petersburg State University.
2008: Vice chairman of the Program committee of the Third International Conference on Cognitive Science. Moscow.
1993, 1995, 2004: Serving as an opponent at Ph.D. dissertation defenses: V.S. Pestov "Agglutination and verb morphology in Quechua"; I.G.Ruzin, "The modes of perception (vision, hearing, smell, touch)"; A.Ju. Urmanchieva, “Expression of reality/irreality in the verbal systems of African languages”.
Reviewing for academic publishers: John Benjamins (Amsterdam), Academia (Moscow).
Reviewing conference papers, journal articles, and other scholarly texts on multiple occasions.
2002 – : Popularization of the advances in linguistics and cognitive science on Russian TV.
Significant language research experience
Navajo, and Athabaskan in general, 1984 - present.
Upper Kuskokwim Athabaskan, 1996 - present.
Pulaar (Atlantic), 1986 - present.
Tuva (Turkic), 1986 - 1996.
Godoberi and other Daghestanian languages, 1980 - 1996.
Svan (Kartvelian), 1989 - 1992.
Abkhaz (Abkhaz-Adyghe), 1987 - 1989.
State patent #2253365 “A method of psycholinguistic diagnostics of neurotic disorders” of June 10, 2005 (Jointly with V.L.Golubev, V.I.Podlesskaya, E.A.Korabelnikova, and A.O.Litvinenko).