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Ekaterina V. Rakhilina

  • Tenured Professor (2018)
  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Ekaterina V. Rakhilina has been at HSE University since 2008.

Education and Degrees

  • 2000

    Doctor of Sciences* in Language Theory
    Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 1988

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Language Theory

  • 1980

    Degree in Linguistics
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Philology

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)


  • 2019
    Association for Linguistic Typology 13th Biennial Conference (ALT2019) (Павия). Presentation: Falling cross-linguistically: lexical systems and taxonomic issues
  • 2018
    XVI Международный съезд славистов (Белград). Presentation: «Малые» корпуса в составе НКРЯ – о проектах последних лет
  • 2015
    Verbs, verb phrases and verbal categories (Иерусалим). Presentation: Semantic / Lexical Typology: Verbs of Falling and Beyond
  • Воркшоп по лексической типологии с участием проф. А. Маджид (Неймеген, Нидерланды) (Москва). Presentation: Frames in lexical typology: Raison d’être
  • The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13) (Ньюкасл). Presentation: Physical qualities: Typological patterns of lexicalization
  • The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13) (Ньюкасл). Presentation: Verbs of Rotation: a Cross-Linguistic Look on Metaphorical Extensions
  • La Grammaire de la Cause (Париж). Presentation: Causes réeles et causes fictives
  • Логическая и лингвистическая прагматика (Москва). Presentation: Linguistics of cause
  • 2014
    Мастер-класс по учебному корпусу русского языка (Ницца). Presentation: Учебный корпус русского языка
  • Виноградовские чтения (Москва). Presentation: О новых подходах к русской грамматике
  • Всероссийская конференция по компьютерной и когнитивной лингвистике TEL'2014 (Казань). Presentation: О корпусах ошибок
  • Second International Heritage Language Conference (Лос-Анджелес). Presentation: Non-calquing strategies in Heritage Russian
  • Международный конгресс по когнитивной лингвистике (Челябинск). Presentation: Конструкция с императивом и ее синонимы
  • II международная конференция "Лингвистические права глухих" (Москва). Presentation: Роль русского жестового языка в лексической типологии
  • International Summer School in Language Documentation and Linguistic Diversity (Стокгольм). Presentation: Frame-based lexical typology: Quality concepts
  • International Summer School in Language Documentation and Linguistic Diversity (Стокгольм). Presentation: Towards Lexical Typology of Rotation
  • Летняя лингвистическая школа (Дубна). Presentation: Лингвистика ошибок
  • Symposium on Spatial Cognition (Рига). Presentation: Topology of motion: oscillation
  • Курс лекций по русской семантике (Алма-Аты). Presentation: Чтение лекций по русской семантике
  • Мастер-класс по лексической типологии (Хельсинки). Presentation: О московской лексико-типологической школе


Employment history

1980‑2007: Russian Academy of Sciences/Russian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (VINITI, Moscow), Department of Theoretical problems of Informatics, Group of the Logical Analysis of Natural Language.

2007-present: Russian Academy of Sciences / Vinogradov Institute of Russian Language (Moscow)

2011-present: National Research University Higher School of Economics,

      2011- 2015: Philological faculty

      2015 – present: Faculty of the Humanities, School of Linguistics


Timetable for today

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HSE Scholars to Participate in Creating a New Platform for Russian National Corpus

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has announced the results of a grant competition for big research projects. One of the winners is a project with HSE University participation: the creation of a next generation computational linguistic platform to digitally record the Russian language.

István Kecskés at the School of Linguistics

On September 13, an eminent Hungarian and American linguist, Professor István Kecskés (State University of New York) visited HSE University with an open lecture "The effect of salience on shaping speaker’s utterance in the socio-cognitive approach to pragmatics". We asked Prof Kecskés to share some thoughts on his research and his impression of HSE.

If You Say So: HSE Launches New Open Access Resource for Studying Russian

Do you have some knowledge of Russian but want to hone your skills and speak like a ‘real Russian’? If so, faculty members and instructors of the HSE School of Linguistics have worked together to create a free online resource just for you. Как скажешь (‘If You Say So’), which will launch April 4, is a virtual textbook and workbook built around video clips that feature HSE faculty and students.

The 2nd HSE Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop

The 2nd HSE Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop was held on 4-5th September 2018, two years after the 1st HSE SemPrag Workshop. International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistic and Formal Philosophy was the organizer of the conference. Among the subjects of the conference were logical, linguistical and philosophical analysis of the problems of semantics and pragmatics of natural language.

HSE Staff Members Awarded Status of Tenured Professor

On June 22, several HSE lecturers and staff members were awarded the status of Tenured Professor at a meeting of HSE Academic Council. Sixteen HSE staff members became Distinguished Professors at the Higher School of Economics for the first time.

'HSE students are among the very best linguistics students in the world'

Eitan Grossman, an associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, talks about his participation in TyLex summer school on typology and lexicon organized by HSE. 

'HSE Students Are not Content with Knowing Things — They Immediately Want to Solve Linguistic Problems'

Guglielmo Cinque is a professor of linguistics at the University of Venice and one of the most well-known European generativists. Recently he paid a week-long visit the HSE School of linguistics, and now shares his impressions of our students and staff, as well as of this year's weather in Moscow.

'HSE students are not content with knowing things — they immediately want to solve linguistic problems'

Guglielmo Cinque is a professor of linguistics at the University of Venice and one of the most well-known European generativists. Recently he paid a week-long visit the HSE School of linguistics, and now shares his impressions of our students and staff, as well as of this year's weather in Moscow.

HSE School of Linguistics Book on Animal Sounds Published by University of Provence

The book ‘Verba sonandi: Représentation linguistique des cris d'animaux’ edited by Ekaterina Rakhilina, Head of HSE School of Linguistics, has been published by the Publications de l'Université de Provence. 

School of linguistics launches an online course on typology

The course is authored and run by the head of the school, prof. Ekaterina Rakhilina.

'HSE Linguistics Students Have Really Good Methodological Background'

Professor Geeraerts visited HSE School of Linguistics in November to deliver a course on cognitive sociolinguistics for students of Bachelor's programme in Fundamental and Computational Linguistics and Master’s programme in Linguistic Theory and Language Description and hold individual consultations. The visit was initiated by Nina Dobrushina (School of Linguistics). Prof Geeraets has also been long acquainted with Ekaterina Rakhilina, the Head of the School of Linguistics.

"The linguistics program at HSE is very strong"

Dirk Geeraerts, a professor at the University of Leuven, talks about the advantages of linguistiс training at the Higher School of Econimics, the high level of interaction demonstrated by the students at the School of Linguistics, and the potential upcoming convergence of fundamental and applied linguistic research.

‘Our Students Were Able to See that HSE is a Real Research University’

Tilmann Reuther, Professor at the University of Klagenfurt, and his colleague Joulia Köstenbaumer talk to the HSE News Service about their experience of cooperation with the School of Linguistics and internships in Austria.

Our Summer Studying Shamans, the Mayan calendar, and the Kaqchikel Language

Is it possible to learn a new language well enough in just two weeks to conduct linguistic research on it? This is an entirely standard practice for linguists, according to Sasha Kozhukhar and Liza Vostokova, both students in the Linguistic Theory and Language Description master’s programme. This past summer, Sasha and Liza went on an expedition to Guatemala to study Kaqchikel, an indigenous Mayan language.

The First HSE Semantics & Pragmatics Workshop was held on 30 September and 1 October 2016.

The First HSE Workshop on Semantics and Pragmatics took place on September 30 and October 1 in Moscow. The first HSE Semantics and Pragmatics workshop was held on September 30 and October 1 in Moscow. The workshop was organized by a Research group “Formal Philosophy”, School of Philosophy and School of Linguistics.

New Master’s Programme in Theoretical Linguistics to Start at HSE

A new English-taught master’s programme ‘Linguistic Theory and Language Description’ starts in the new academic year. Ekaterina Rakhilina, Head of the School of Linguistics, told us about some details of the programme, project work and the potential for international cooperation.

HSE Staff Members Delivered Lectures in Beijing 

Ekaterina Rakhilina, Head of the School of Linguistics, and Valentina Apresyan, Associate Professor at the School of Linguistics, delivered a series of lectures on Russian and English semantics and semantic typology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Peking University from March 30 to April 2.

Presentation by Ekaterina Rakhilina and Tatyana Reznikova: Linguistics of Physical Properties

On March 3, Ekaterina Rakhilina and Tatyana Reznikova presented their report   Linguistics of Physical Properties   at the Academy of Sciences Institute of Slavic Studies. The report combined the results of several years of studies carried out by the researchers of  the School of Linguistics at the Higher School of Economics.

Workshop on Lexical Typology at University of Helsinki

On December 1-3, 2014 a workshop on lexical typology was held at the University of Helsinki. The event was organized by students and lecturers from HSE Faculty of Humanities specializing in fundamental and computer linguistics.