Dmitrij Dobrovolskij

Dmitrij Dobrovolskij


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Works at Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies Finnish Dutch and German
Postal address Institutionen för slaviska och baltiska språk finska nederländska 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am Professor of General Linguistics, Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. h.c. of Stockholm University and Paris-Sorbonne University. Since 2016 I am  affiliated professor at the Department of Slavic and Baltic studies, Finnish, Dutch and German. I have also participated in the corpus research program AAC-Austrian Academy Corpus at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna (2001–2016).

My recent research covers a variety of topics, including the theory of phraseology, the theory of figurative language, German and Russian lexical semantics, lexicography, cognitive linguistics, and corpus linguistics.

I have publishes 11 monographs, 18 dictionaries and about 500 papers. Among them are such monographs as as Kognitive Aspekte der Idiom-Semantik (1995; 22016), Idiome im mentalen Lexikon (1997), Figurative language: cross-cultural and cross-linguistic perspectives (2005 – with Elisabeth Piirainen), Studien zur deutschen Lexik (2013), numerous papers published in Russian, German, English, Spanish and French, as well as some mono- and bilingual dictionaries.

I am also is the co-author and co-editor of Phraseology: An International Handbook of Contemporary Research. Dmitrij Dobrovol’skij is the Vice-President of the European Society of Phraseology, a member of the executive board of the Society of Intercultural German Studies, a member of the International Pragmatics Association, the American Pragmatics Association, the Slavic Linguistics Society, and the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association.

In 2010-2011 I was Guest professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stockholm University. I have also participated in the lexicographic project “Swedish-Russian and Russian-Swedish dictionary”, financed by the Swedish Institute. The project was collaboration between the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stockholm University and the Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Research projects and grants

More than 20 grants from RGNF, RFFI, DFG, Swedish Institute, Wenner-Gren Foundation


Patent No. 2009620186 from 21.04.2009 “Parallel corpora database of the Russian National Corpus”


DAAD Award “Grimm-Preis” – 2005
Award of the Umeå University (Sweden) – 2008
The honoris causa doctorate from  Stockholm University – 2016
The honoris causa doctorate from Paris-Sorbonne University – 2016


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Last updated: November 27, 2018

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