I obtained my combined BA+MA and PhD degrees in French and Celtic studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. I worked on early Irish literature, Old Irish grammar, and phonology of Munster Irish before switching to phonological typology and computational linguistics. For three years, I was a post-doc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem dividing my time between the Dynamics of Language Lab at the Department of Linguistics and the NLP lab at the Department of Computer Science. Currently I am a guest researcher at the Department of Linguistics at Stockholm University.
I am the core creator and maintainer of the Database of Eurasian Phonological Inventories. Other research tools developed by me include an online formant-plot maker, a formant-based vowel classifier, a tool for comparing spatial distributions of mythological motifs, and a script for extracting Parry-Lordian formulas from poetic texts.
The projects I’m currently involved in include improvement and evaluation of the UCCA annotation scheme, creation and analysis of a database of borrowed phonemes in the world’s languages, and the iClassifier project aimed at providing a novel research tool for the analysis of classifiers (a.k.a. determinatives) in Ancient Egyptian texts.
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