Head of the Department of Languages of East and Southeast Asia, Head of Research Center on Ethnic and Language Relations
Works at the Institute of Linguistics since 2012.
Vladimir Alpatov is an outstanding scholar in the fields of general and oriental linguistics. He is one of the leading Russian specialists in the history of linguistics.
Vladimir Alpatov graduated from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of the Faculty of Philology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1968. In 1971, he passed his PhD thesis defense ("Grammatical system of politeness in modern literary Japanese") at the Institute of Oriental Science of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Vladimir Alpatov worked at the Insitute of Oriental Studies since November 1971. In 1983, he completed his Dr.habil. thesis "Issues of morpheme and word in modern Japanese". In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies. Vladimir Alpatov became a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2008. From 2012 till 2017, he held the position of Director of the Institute of Linguistics.
Since 1993, Vladimir Alpatov has been teaching the history of linguistics at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at MSU.
Vladimir Alpatov is the member of the Presidental Council for the Russian Language.
Vladimir Alpatov studies oriental languages, namely Japanese. He contributed to the collective monograph "Parts of speech. Theory and typology". In his PhD and Dr.habil. theses, Alpatov looks into general theoretical issues of the nature of words and morphemes, grammatical categories, agglutination, and some other phenomena of general morphology and theoretical grammar.
Vladimir Alpatov's major research interests include the history of linguistics, especially the history of Russian linguistics. He is one of the most prominent scholars in that field. Vladimir Alpatov is the author of a textbook on the history of linguistics studies which briefly covers the discipline from its emergence till the second half of the XX century. Just as important are the works of Alpatov on the history of Soviet linguistics. He studied Mikhail Bakhtin's and Valentin Voloshin's linguistic theories. Along with Fyodor Achnin, he concerned himself with the fate of many Slavic and Turkic specialists during the Great Purge of 1937. Alpatov also wrote on Nicholas Marr's character and his Japhetic theory. Intended for a wide range of readers, the works of Vladimir Alpatov are of high importance for the life of the academic community of the world.
Vladimir Alpatov's works on the linguistic situation in Japan, as well as on the USSR's language policy, cannot be overlooked, too. One finds the sociolinguistic aspect of his research in such books as "Japonija. Jazyk i občšestvo" [Japan. Language and society] and "150 jazykov i politika: 1917–1997" [150 languages and politics: 1917–1997].
He also published major works on general linguistics, including the ones concerning the theory of parts of speech. He is the author and compiler of the collective monograph "Parts of Speech. Theory and typology".
He is also known as the author of many linguistic tasks and one of the compilers of the collection "Linguistic tasks".
- Kategorii vežlivosti v sovremennom japonskom jazyke [Categories of politeness in modern Japanese]. Moscow: Nauka, 1973. 107 p. (2nd Ed. Moscow: URSS, 2006. 146 p. 3rd Ed. Moscow: URSS: Librokom, 2009. 145 p. 4th Ed. Moscow: URSS, 2011. 145 p.)
- Struktura grammatičeskix edinic v sovremennom japonskom jazyke [Structure of grammatical units in modern Japanese]. Moscow: Nauka, 1979. 149 p.
- Japonija: jazyk i občšestvo [Japan: language and society]. Moscow: Nauka, 1988. 136 p. (2nd Ed, expanded. Moscow: Muravej, 2003. 208 p.)
- Metodičeskie ukazanija po kursu "Leksikologija japonskogo jazyka" [Methodology guidelines for the course of Japanese lexicology]. Vladivostok: DVGU, 1981. 48 p.
- Izučenie japonskogo jazyka v Rossii i SSSR [Studying Japanese in Russia and the USSR]. Moscow: Nauka, 1988. 189 p.
- Teoretičeskaja grammatika japonskogo jazyka. Učebnoe posobie [Textbook on theoretical grammar of Japanese]. Moscow: Voennyj institut MO SSSR, 1988.
- Istorija odnogo mifa. Marr i marrizm [The history of one myth. Marr and Japhetic theory]. Moscow: Nauka, 1991. 240 p. (2nd Ed, expanded. Moscow: URSS, 2004. 284 p.; 3rd Ed. Moscow: URSS, 2011. 288 p.)
- "Delo slavistov": 30-e gody [Trials of the Slavic linguists: the 1930s]. Moscow: Nasledie, 1994. 284 p. (with Fyodor Ashnin)
- Nikolaj-Nikolas Poppe [Nicholas Poppe]. Moscow: Vostočnaja literatura, 1996. 144 p.
- 150 jazykov i politika: 1917—1997. Sociolingvističeskie problemy SSSR i postsovetskogo prostranstva [150 languages and politics: 1917—1997. Sociolinguistics issues of the post-Soviet area]. Moscow: Institut vostokovedenija RAN. 1997. 192 p. ISBN 5-89282-022-X (2nd Ed, expanded (…1917—2000). Moscow: Kraft + Institut vostokovedenija RAN, 2000. 224 p.)
- Istorija lingvističeskix učenij. Učebnoe posobie [Textbook on the history of linguistics]. Moscow: Jazyki russkoj kul’tury, 1998. 367 p. ISBN 5-7859-0049-1 (2nd Ed. Moscow, 1999. 367 p. 3rd Ed., revised and expanded. Moscow, 2001. 367 p. 4th Ed. Moscow: Jazyki slavjanskoj kul’tury, 2005. 367 p. 5th Ed., revised and expanded. Moscow: Jurajt. 2018. 454 p.)
- Grammatika japonskogo jazyka: Vvedenie. Fonologija. Suprafonologija. Morfonologija [Japanese grammar: introduction, phonology, supraphonology, morphology]. Moscow: Vost. lit., 2000. 149 p. (with Igor Vardul, Sergei Starostin)
- Alpatov V. M. Moskva lingvističeskaja / Naučnyj sovet Rossijskoj Akademii nauk po izučeniju i oxrane kul’turnogo i prirodnogo nasledija [Linguistic Moscow / The scientific council of Russian Academy of Sciences on studying and protection of cultural and natural heritage]. — Moscow: Izd-vo Instituta inostrannyx jazykov, 2001. — 104 p. — (Prirodnoe i kul’turnoe nasledie Moskvy).
- Repressirovannaja tjurkologija [Turkology of repressed scholars]. Moscow: Vostočnaja literatura, 2002. 296 p. (with Fyodor Ashnin and Dmitry Nasilov)
- Vološinov, Baxtin i lingvistika [Voloshinov, Bakhtin, and linguistics]. Moscow: Jazyki slavjanskoj kul’tury, 2005. 432 p.
- Japonija: jazyk i kul’tura [Japan: language and culture]. Moscow: Jazyki slavjanskix kul’tur, 2008. 206 p.
- Teoretičeskaja grammatika japonskogo jazyka: V 2-x kn [Theoretical grammar of the Japanese language: published in two volumes]. Moscow: Natalis, 2008. (with Petr Arkadiev and Vera Podlesskaya)
- Jazykovedy, vostokovedy, istoriki [Linguists, orientalists, historians]. Moscow: Jazyki slavjanskix kul’tur, 2012. 374 p.
- Japonistika. Teorija jazyka. Sociolingvistika. Istorija jazykoznanija [Japanese studies. Language theory. Sociolinguistics. The history of linguistics]. Moscow: Jazyki slavjanskix kul’tur. 2017.
- Slovo i časti reči [Word and parts of speech]. Moscow: Jazyki slavjanskix kul’tur. 2018. 256 p.
- Jazykoznanie ot Aristotelja do komp’juternoj lingvistiki [Linguistics from Aristotle to computational linguistics]. Moscow: Al’pina non-fikšn, 2018. 253 p.