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; Habilitation / Doctor of Science (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]. Institute of Linguistics RAN. 90 pp..
1988 – present: Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences. Current position: Head of the Department of Areal Linguistics.
1995 – present: Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Philological Faculty, Moscow State University. Current position: Professor.
2011 – present: Moscow State University, Philological Faculty, Head of the Center for Cognitive Studies
1991-92: visiting scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of California at Santa Barbara.
1992: visiting scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson.
2001: visiting scholar, Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Grants and awards
1991: IREX scholarship for research stay in the USA in 1991-1992.
1994: A three-year President's scholarship for outstanding young scholars.
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”.
2008-2010: Russian Foundation for the Humanities: “A multi-modal approach toward the study of grammar and discourse”.
2008-2010: Russian Science Support Foundation: Award in the “Doctor of Science” category.
2009-2011: Russian Foundation for Basic Research: “Modeling multi-factorial processes: a corpus study of reference”
2011-2013: Russian Foundation for the Humanities: “Cognitive foundations of linguistic structure and discourse phenomena: Theory and practice”
2012-2013: Russian Academy of Sciences program “Corpus Linguistics”: “Night Dream Stories and other corpora of spoken discourse”
Membership in professional organizations
Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (beginning 1989).
Cognitive Lingustics Association (beginning 1997).
Association for Linguistic Typology (beginning 1997).
Interregional Association for Cognitive Studies (beginning 2006).
International Arctic Social Sciences Association (beginning 2008).
Cognitive Science Society (beginning 2013).
Service on boards of journals and book series
Languages of the World (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences), beginning 1988. Current title: Editor-in-chief
Studies in Language (Amsterdam, John Benjamins), 1996 – 2003.
Cognitive Linguistics (Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter), 1997 – 2004.
Typological Studies in Language (Amsterdam, John Benjamins), beginning 1996
Frontiers in Cognition, beginning 2013
Reviewing and scientific committees
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.
2010: Member of the Program committee of the Fourth International Conference on Cognitive Science. Tomsk State University.
2012: Vice chairman of the Program committee of the Fifth International Conference on Cognitive Science, Immanuel Kant Federal University, Kaliningrad.
Program committes and reviewing for conferences: Dialog: Computational Linguistics and Intellectual Technologies, Discourse Anaphora and Reference Resolution Colloquium, etc.
Beginning 2011: Russian Foundation for Basic Research, coordinator on linguistics
Beginning 2012: Foundation for fundamental linguistic research, member of the board
Reviewing for foundations: Russian Foundation for the Humanities, Ministry of education and science, National Science Foundation (USA), Swiss National Science Foundation, Endangered Language Documentation Programme, etc.
Voprosy jazykoznanija, Studies in Language, Journal of Pragmatics, Linguistic Typology, Cognitive Linguistics, International Journal of American Linguistics, Journal of Cognitive Science, etc.
John Benjamins (Amsterdam), Academia (Moscow), etc.
Member of the Dissertation Council at the Institute of Linguistics, RAS
Served as opponent at dissertation defenses: V.S. Pestov “Agglutination and verb morphology in Quechua” (1993); I.G.Ruzin, “The modes of perception (vision, hearing, smell, touch)” (1995); A.Ju. Urmanchieva, “Expression of reality/irreality in the verbal systems of African languages” (2004); Ju.A.Lander “Relativization in a polysynthetic language: Adyghean relative constructions in a typological perspective” (2012).
Other professional experience and service
1990: Organization of the Soviet conference on linguistic typology. Institute of Linguistics, AN SSSR.
2012: Head of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Conference on Cognitive Science, Immanuel Kant Federal University, Kaliningrad.
2012–2014: President of the Interregional Association for Cognitive Studies.
Significant language research experience
Navajo, and Athabaskan in general, 1984 - present
Upper Kuskokwim Athabaskan, 1996 - present
Godoberi and other Daghestanian languages, 1980 - present
Pulaar (Atlantic), 1986 - 2007
Tuvan (Turkic), 1986 - 1996
Karachay-Balkar (Turkic), 2002 - 2006
Svan (Kartvelian), 1989 - 1992
Abkhaz (Abkhaz-Adyghean), 1987 - 1989
Russian Sign Language, 2006 - present
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).