Alexander Kravchenko

Alexander Kravchenko

Alexander Kravchenko

Title:

Language as human ecology: why Cartesian linguistics has not become part of life sciences

Biography:

Prof. Alexander Kravchenko is currently teaching EFL and linguistic courses at Irkutsk State University (ISU). He received his Ph.D. in English Linguistics from St-Petersburg State University in 1987 and his Ph.D. Habilitat from the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1995 with the thesis Principles of a Theory of Indexicality. He has authored 7 monographs, including Sign, Meaning, Knowledge (Peter Lang, 2003) and Biology of Cognition and Linguistic Analysis (Peter Lang, 2008), and edited 6 volumes, including Cognitive Dynamics in Linguistic Interactions (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

His research interests include biology of cognition, ecology of language, semiotics, non-Cartesian cognitive grammar, and applied cognitive linguistics (TEFL). Over the past decade he has been trying to draw the attention of linguists in Russia to the harmful effects of the ideology of structuralism on the well-being of society, arguing for the necessity to radically transform language sciences, bringing them closer to real life and the human praxis of living in language.