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Curriculum vitae (as of February, 2016)

Sergey Say

Born October, 18, 1978 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad, USSR)


Ph.D. (“kandidat filologičeskix nauk”) from the Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (“Typology of antipassive: semantics, syntax, pragmatics”, principle advisor V.P.Nedjalkov)
Ph.D. Student, Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
St. Petersburg State University, minor specialization: Baltic linguistics, graduation paper “Some synchronic and diachronic aspects of the freedom of word order in Lithuanian”
St. Petersburg State University, Department of General Linguistics; MA thesis: “Russian elliptical constructions: their structure and functioning”, defended cum laude in 2002
received a grant from the Herbert Quandt Foerderung Program and spent a semester at the University of Constance, Germany
St. Petersburg State University, department of psychology


2010 — present
Institute for Linguistic Studies RAS, Laboratory for Typological Study of Languages, senior research fellow (“staršij naučnyj sotrudnik”)
previously (2002–2010)
research fellow (“naučnyj sotrudnik”), junior research fellow (“mladšij naučnyj sotrudnik”) and laboratory assistant (“laborant”) at the same laboratory
2011 — present
St. Petersburg State University, Department of General Linguistics, associate professor (“docent”)
previously (2006–2011)
senior instructor (“staršij prepodavatel’”) and assistant lecturer (“assistent”) at the same department

Grants (selected)

  • “Argument structure variation and valency class systems in a typological perspective” (Russian foundation for humanities; 2010–2012, team leader)
  • “Non-canonical marking of polyvalent verbs’ arguments” (Russian foundation for humanities; 2009–2010, team leader)

Teaching experience

I have taught the following courses at the Department of General Linguistics, St. Petersburg State University:

  • Introduction to syntax
  • Syntactic typology
  • Typology of clause combining
  • Russian syntax
  • Discourse linguistics
  • Grammatical changes in the Russian language of XVIII–XXI centuries
  • Russian grammatical categories in discourse
  • Language portraits: morphosyntactic phenomena in less studied languages
  • Corpus approaches to Russian
  • Recent advances in grammar and typology
  • Grammaticalization
  • Construction grammar
  • Typological rara in morphology
  • Field methods in linguistics

Guest lecturer at Vilnius University (2009), Higher school of economics, Moscow (2015)

Field experience

  • Bashkir (2011-2015)
  • Kalmyk (2006-2008)
  • Adyghe (2003)
  • Vologda dialect of Russian (1998)

Research interests

typology, syntax, argument structure, Russian, quantitative methods, languages of Russia

Academic duties

Member of editorial board


Peer reviews for journals

  • Baltic linguistics
  • Diachronica
  • Linguistics
  • Scandoslavica
  • Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo universiteta
  • Voprosy jazykoznanija

Non-academic duties

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