Dr Alexander Krasovitsky
synchronic and diachronic morphosyntax
phonology and phonetics
regional variation of Russian
Russian in contact with unrelated languages
South Slavonic linguistics:
regional variation and historical change in Bulgarian and Serbian (case systems)
Old Church Slavonic (current research in pronominal anaphora)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for linguistic analysis
Regional variation and historical change in Russian sound systems
The loss on morphological case in South Slavonic
An interactive online learning environment for students of Russian (University of Oxford Humanities Teaching Award grant, 2016 — 2017; 2018-2019)
Selected research projects
2018. Vowel reduction and neutralization in Russian: dialectal variation and historical change. Research fellowship by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich).
2016 — 2017; 2018-2019. An interactive online learning environment for students of Russian (University of Oxford Humanities Teaching Award grant, 2016 — 2017; 2018-2019). Principal Investigator.
2014–2016: The language of Russian Old Believers (funded by the Russian Foundation for Humanities), Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. Co-Investigator
2012–2013: Regional variants of the Russian language from a synchronic and diachronic perspective (funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation). Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Principal Investigator.
2009–2013: Russian regional corpus: acoustic database with discourse annotation (funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), University of Surrey & Ruhr University Bochum. Available online at www.rureg.de. Research Fellow.
2012: Sound change across generations (short-term research fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2009: Sound change in progress: Case of a North Russian dialect (short-term research fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
2004–2008 Short-term morphosyntactic change (AHRC, evaluated as ‘outstanding’), Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey: www.smg.surrey.ac.uk/stmc/
2003–2004 Russian in Siberia: Acoustic Database and Contact Phenomena (postdoctoral research fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
2011– 2015: Tatiana Korobeinikova, The evolution of the vowel system in a Kirov dialect. Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Articles and book chapters
(in preparation). Pronominal anaphora in Old Church Slavonic (Codex Marianus).
2019. The impact of consonantal context on vowel reduction: A case study. To appear in: Anderson, Cormac and Natalia Kuznetsova (eds.). The dynamics of vowel reduction and loss: phonetic mechanisms and outcomes for phonology and morphology.
2019. Case Loss in Pronominal Systems: Evidence from Bulgarian. In: Baerman, Matthew, Oliver Bond and Andrew Hippisley (eds.). Perspectives on Morphology. Papers in Honour of Greville G. Corbett. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
2014. Articulatory shift and the rise of neutralization of vowels. Problemy fonetiki VI. “Nauka”, Moscow. (In Russian with English translation).
2011 (with Dunstan Brown, Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett). Changing semantic factors in case selection: Russian evidence from the last two centuries. Morphology. Vol. 21, Issue 3. 573-592.
2010 (with Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett, Peter Williams). Predicate agreement in Russian: A corpus-base approach. Wiener Slawistischer Almanach. Sonderband 74. pp.109-121.
2009. (with Dunstan Brown, Carole Tiberius, Marina Chumakina and Greville G. Corbett). Databases designed for investigating specific phenomena. In: Martin Evereart and Simon Musgrave (eds.) Linguistic Databases. Berlin – New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
2008. (with Alison Long, Dunstan Brown, Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett). Predicate nouns in Russian. Russian Linguistics 32, 2008. 99-113.
2006. Russian in Kamchatka: prominent features in the view of linguists and speakers. In: Dieter Stern & Christian Voss (eds.), Marginal Linguistic Identities. Studies in Slavic contact and borderland varieties, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publishers. Eurolinguistische Arbeiten, vol. 2.
2004. On sentence prominence in the speech of Russian Old Settlers in East Siberia and Kamchatka. In: Studies in Language Interference (European Russian, Siberia, Far East). Bulletin des phonetischen Fonds, No 9. Bochum. 79-86.
Published electronic resources
2018. An interactive online learning environment for students of Russian. Available online at www.grammatica.org.uk/moodle. (The project is currently under construction. The results of Stage 1 are available online).
2016. (with Ch. Sappok, L. Paschen, K. Brabender, A. Koch, N. Kühl) RuReg: Russische Regionen. Akustische Datenbank. [RuReg: Russian Regions. Acoustic database]. Available online at www.rureg.de
2009. (with Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett, Matthew Baerman, Alison Long & Harley Quilliam). Short Term Morphosyntactic Change. University of Surrey: Surrey Morphology Group. Available online at:
2004. (with Christian Sappok). Russkoye Ust´e. Bulletin des phonetischen Fonds der russischen Sprache. Supplementband 14. Bochum. 104 pp. (In Russian)
2004 (edited volume). Studies in Language Interference (European Russia, Siberia, Far East). Book and audio CD. Bulletin des phonetischen Fonds der russischen Sprache, No 9. Bochum. (In Russian)
1999. (with L.L. Kasatkin, R.F. Kasatkina, D.M. Savinov, E.V. Shigel). Russian Dialects. South Russian variety. Moscow. Nauka. 207pp. (In Russian)
Selected presentations / invited talks
2019. The decline of the North Russian okan’e: an acoustic analysis. The International Congress of Researchers in the Russian Language. Moscow State University, Moscow, 20-23 March.
2017. Vowel shift and the rise of neutralization in North Russian. The 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Zurich, 10-13 September.
2017. Case marking on personal pronouns in Bulgarian. The Morphological Eye: Surrey Morphology Group 25th Anniversary Workshop, University of Surrey, 08 Sep – 09 September.
2014. Patterns of historical change in vowel systems of Russian regional varieties. Invited talk for the Research Council of the Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow, 10 April 2014.
2014. A series of lectures at the research seminar Current Issues in Teaching Russian Language and Literature to Speakers of Other Languages: the Experience of European Universities. Tomsk State University. 30 March — 5 April.
The database of short term morphosyntactic change (with M. Baerman, D. Brown, G.G. Corbett & A. Long).
Russian regional corpus: insights into regional variation, language history and typology.
Models of sound change.
Processing audio data for phonetic research and corpora using Praat
2013. Russian regional corpus: insights into regional variation, language history and typology. Seminar für Slavistik, Ruhr University Bochum. 13 June 2013.
2013. The evolution of vowel reduction patterns: observation in apparent time. Annual conference of the Linguistic Association of Great Britain, SOAS, London, 29 August 2013
2012. Sound change across generations: the rise of vowel neutralization in the North Russian variety. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, 29 August 2012.
2011. Developing a diachronic model using synchronic data. Invited talk for the Research Council of the Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow, 23 September 2011.
2010. Phonological shift in progress. Old World Conference in Phonology 7. Nice, 28-30 January
2010. The rise if neutralization in a North Russian dialect. Annual conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. Cambridge, 27-29 March 2010.