Scientific Education

  • 11/2011
    Habilitation, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Philosophical Faculty II
  • 04/2009
    Habilitation (roughly tenure track in the US system). First language acquisition of verb categories in Russian. Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg
  • 06/1997
    : Aspectual semantics and functions of aspect in Russian child language. Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg
  • 07/1987
    M.A. Specialization: Russian language and literature. Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg
  • 09/1983-07/1987
    Studies of Literature, Linguistics, Psychology, Didactic and Old Slavic. Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg.

Academic employment

  • 2011 - present
    PB2 coordination (Principal Investigator)
  • 1999 – 2011
    Scientific staff member, Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin in the following BMBF and DFG-Projects:
    • 2008 - present
      BMBF-Project area Discourse-cohesive means in language acquisition - intersentential anaphoric relations
    • 2006 - 2007
      DFG-Project: Acquisition and disambiguation of intersentential pronominal reference
    • 2003 - 2005
      DFG-Project: Acquisition of grammatical forms that denote +/- Boundedness
    • 2000 - 2002
      DFG-Project: Syntactic sequences of the acquisition of morphology
    • 1999
      DFG-Project: Processes of categorisation in language acquisition
  • 1998 – 1999
    Scientific staff member, Institute for German Language and Literature, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • 1997 – 1998
    Guest Researcher, Institute for General and Applied Linguistics, Vienna University
  • 1991 – 1997
    Assistant Researcher, Institute for Psychology and Pedagogy, Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg
  • 1987 – 1991
    School teacher (incl. maternity leave from November 1989), St. Petersburg

Grants, fellowships and awards (selection)

  • since 03/2013
    (Principal Investigator): Verbale und Non-Verbale Indikatoren zur Identifizierung von umschriebenen Sprachentwicklungsstörungen bei sukzessiv bilingualen Kindergartenkindern (DRUSLI) German Scientific Foundation (DFG)
  • since 01/2012
    PI1 (Principal Investigator 1): How Can a Teacher Tell If a Bilingual Child Has Language Impairment (Tellimp) German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)
  • since 01/2012 coordination of discourse field
  • since 11/2011
    Berliner Interdisziplinärer Verbund zum Mehrsprachigkeit (BIVEM), Berlin Senate
  • 2007-2010
    Principal Investigator: Language Acquisition as a precondition for social integration of Russian-speaking children with a migration background in Germany and Israel, BMBF
  • 2007-2010
    BMBF Grant for the project Spracherwerb als Voraussetzung zur sozialen Integration von russischsprachigen Kindern mit Migrationshintergrund in Deutschland und Israel (in cooperation with the Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
  • 1999-2010
    Various DFG and BMBF (see academic employment) Grants
  • 1998
    Janineum Grant for Research at the Vienna University
  • 1997-1998
    Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for Research at the Institute for Linguistics, Vienna University (Head of the Institute: Prof. Dr. W. U. Dressler)
  • 1996
    Grant of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences to attend the Nordic Summer School on Tense and Aspect (Vatnahalsen, Norway)
  • 1995
    Soros Grant for outstanding young researchers, St. Petersburg

Recent service and administration

  • 2010
    Activities related to the selection of the candidates for Berlin School of Mind and Brain
  • 2009 - present
    Member of the examination boards of MA- and BA-programmes, Institute of Slavonic Languages, University of Hamburg
  • 2009
    Coordinator of the Working Group on Narrative and Discourse in the European project Language impairment in a multilingual society: Linguistic patterns and the road to assessment (together with Prof Dr Joel Walters)
  • 2009
    Management Committee member - representative of Germany in the European COST project Crosslinguistically Robust Stages of Children's Linguistic Performance
  • 1998 - present
    Coordinator of the European project Verb inflection beyond protomorphology, part of the Pre- and Protomorphology project (PI: W.U. Dressler, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
  • 1998 - 1999
    Administrative activities related to the EU-Project INTAS-UA (participating countries: Austria, Belgium and Ukraine)
  • 1991 - 1992
    Co-founder of the Russian child language database, Chair of Language Acquisition, Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg

Editorial and review tasks

  • Ab verba liberorum: Linguistics, Pedagogy and Psychology. Member of the Editorial Board
  • Reviewer for books and scientific series, among others: Theoretical Psycholinguists, Studies on Language Acquisition by John Benjamins, Mouton de Gruyter, Springer
  • Reviewer for journals, among others: Folia Linguistica, Journal of Child Language, Linguistics, Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung
  • Reviewer for Research Grant Organizations: ISF (Israel National Science Foundation)
  • Reviewer for International conferences, among others: International Association of the Study of Child Language (IASCL), Slavic Linguistic Society, Slavic Cognitive Linguistic Association

Conferences and activities organized (selection)

  • 05/2012
    COST Action IS0804 (biSLI): Sixth MC & WGs Meeting. Berlin.
  • 09/2011
    Brainstorming workshop: Storyretelling and storytelling: cross-linguistically and cross-culturally robust narratives. Berlin.
  • 02/2011
    Brainstorming workshop: Storyretelling and storytelling: cross-linguistically and cross-culturally robust narratives. Berlin.
  • 02/2011
    Textkohärenz und Textverstehen bei Erwachsenen und Kindern (AG2 zusammen mit Angelika Becker, Dagmar Bittner, Nadja Kühn, Milena Kuehnast, Renate Musan) 33. Jahrestagung der DGfS, Göttingen. 23.-25. Februar 2011
  • 2010
    Annual conference of the German Linguistic Society: Lehrinfotag Mehr Information über Sprache vor und in der Schule”, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
  • 2009
    Workshop Production and comprehension of aspect, ZAS Berlin, COST Action 33
  • 2009
    Training School in Language Acquisition Methods, ZAS Berlin, COST Action 33
  • 2008
    Workshop Experimental investigation of aspect comprehension, ZAS Berlin, COST Action 33
  • 2007
    IInd Congress of the Slavic Linguistic Society, ZAS Berlin
  • 2006
    Conference on Intersentential Pronominal Reference in Child and Adult Language, ZAS Berlin
  • 2005
    Tenth International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), FU Berlin
  • 2005
    Symposium: Input as an invitation to language. X. International Congress for the Study of Child Language, FU Berlin
  • 2005
    Workshop on Frequency effects in language acquisition,
    Annual conference of the German Linguistic Society, Köln
  • 2003
    Conference on the Acquisition of Aspect, ZAS Berlin
  • 2001
    Conference on Acquisition of Verb Grammar and Verb Arguments, ZAS Berlin
  • 1998
  • Workshop on Pre- and Protomorphology in Language Acquisition, Institute for Linguistics, Vienna University