Born in 1975, Moscow.
Graduated from Moscow State University (Philological faculty, Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics) in 1998.
PhD in linguistic typology in 2002, Moscow State University (“The typology of grammaticalization paths of motion and posture verbs”, advisors Alexander Kibrik, Vladimir Plungian).
Since 1995 has taken part in linguistic expeditions, mainly to Daghestan (Tsakhur, Bagwalal, Bezhta, Agul, Andi languages), also to Azerbaijan (Udi language).