Yuri A.

PhD, Professor

E-mail: yurikleiner@hotmail.com

Professor at the Department of General Linguistics

Secretary: The Linguistic Society of St. Petersburg.

Associate editor: Yazyk i rechevaya deyatel'nost' (Language and Language Behavior). Journal of The Linguistic Society of St. Petersburg.

Candidate of Philology (Ph.D.): Germanic Languages (1980). Leningrad University.
Dissertation topic: Unstressed Vowels in English: Synchronic and Diachronic.

Doctor of Philology (Habil.): Comparative Linguistics (2000). University of St. Petersburg
Dissertation topic: Types of Prosodic and Suprasegmental Phenomena.

Interests (research and teaching): general linguistics, phonology (general, historical, and Germanic), prosody, Old Germanic languages and literatures, oral tradition, folklore, epic, history of linguistics, translation, sociolinguistics and language contacts, dialectology, English as a second language, Russian as a second language, Russian literature and culture.

  • The Linguistic Society of St. Petersburg
  • Societas Linguistica Europaea
  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
  • International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics
  • The George Borrow Society (U.K.)
Participation in research projects
  • NWO:Voices from the Shtetl. The past and present of the Yiddish language in Russia.1999-2002
  • Russian National Research Foundation: Enclave languages within the Balkan Sprachbund (phonological aspects). 2002-2004.


Articles in journals and chapters in books:

*- in Russian

"Vowel shift and vowel reduction in the history of English," Lingvisticheskie issledovaniya 1976 (Moscow , 1976), pp.71-79. *

"Hamðismál 16; Beowulf 225-227a," Scandinavian Conference VII. (Leningrad-Moscow, 1976), Part 2, pp. 68-69. *

"Phonological interpretation of the neutral vowel and r in English," Kalbotyra, 28, (Vilnius , 1977), no. 3, pp. 23-29. * (with a summary in English).

"Unstressed vowels in the English dialects," Arealnye issledovaniya v iazykoznanii i etnografii. (Leningrad , 1978), pp. 67-68.*

"Vowel reduction or vowel shift?," Issledovaniya struktury angliiskogo iazyka, (Izhevsk , 1978), pp.80-84.*

Unstressed Vowels in English: Synchronic and Diachronic . Dissertation abstract, (Leningrad: Leningrad University, 1979). - 24pp. *

"The origin of Danish stod," Scandinavian Conference IX, (Tartu , 1982). *

"Latin grammatical tradition in England . 7th to 11th c. (Bede, Alcuin, Aelfric)", in: Istoriia lingvisticheskix uchenii. Srednevekovaia Evropa (Leningrad, Nauka, 1985), pp. 62-77. *

"Latin literature and Old English oral tradition," Zapadnoyevropeyskaya srednevekovaya slovesnost' (Moscow, Moscow University, 1985), pp.51-53. *

"Scandinavian breaking," Scandinavian Conference X (Moscow , 1986), pp. 357-359. *

"N.S.Trubetzkoy: biography and ideas," Kalbotyra, 35, (Vilnius , 1986), no. 3, pp. 98-110. *

"The singer and the interpreter: Caedmon and Bede," Germanic Notes, 19, 1/2, 1988, pp. 2-6.

"Phonology of English resonants," Lingvisticheskie edinitsy razlichnykh urovnei v iazyke i rechi, (Krasnodar , 1988), pp. 10-14. *

"Syllable leveling," Scandinavian Conference XI (Moscow ,1989), pp. 239-241.*

"Umlaut: a case of prosodic variation," Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Investigations in Germanic Languages (Vilnius , 1989).

"Some notes on Old Germanic prosody," Diakhronicheskaya kontrastivnost' germanskikh yazykov (Tver, 1991), pp. 4-11.*

"Verner's law," Problemy istorii indoevropeiskikh yazykov (Tver 1991).*

"Subject - song - tradition," Slovo v kontekste literaturnoy evolutsii (Moscow , 1993).* (Sjuzhet_pesn.doc).

"Acquired bilingualism," Twenty-Sixth Conference of Societas Linguistica Europaea. (Cracow , 1993).

"A.B. Lord and Old Germanic oral tradition," in: A.B. Lord, Skazitel' (The Singer of Tales). Translation and commentary by Yu.A. Kleiner and G.A. Levinton. (Moscow , 1994).*

"Unconscious authorship and oral form: Steblin-Kamenskij, Milman Parry, and Albert Bates Lord," Scandinavian Conference XII (Moscow 1992). *

"Comparative. Contrastive. Convergent," Twenty-Eighth Conference of Societas Linguistica Europaea. (Leiden, 1995.)

"Stress, absence of stress, and reduction," Issues in Phonetics II (Moscow , 1995). *

"What is distinctive in syllable-leveling languages?" Scandinavian Conference XIII (Moscow – Petrozavodsk, 1997). *

"The privileged position a quarter century later," in: Kurt Gustav Goblirsch, Martha Berryman Mayou, and Marvin Taylor (eds.), Germanic Studies in Honor of Anatoly Liberman. North-Western European Language Evolution (NOWELE) 31-32. Odense : (Odense University Press, 1997), pp. 157-73. (Privileged.doc).

"Stress, accent, prosodeme." General Linguistics and Grammar Theory. Conference dedicated to 90 years of Solomon D. Katsnelson. (Institute of Linguistics. Russian Academy of Sciences.) St. Petersburg: Nauka, 1998, pp. 72-78. *

"Sonority scale," Phobetics Today. (Zvenigorod 1998). *

"Syllables, morae and boundaries," Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis. 1999, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-17. (Syllables.doc).

"Fernassimilation: Germanic palatal umlaut and breaking," Interdigitations. Essays for Irmengard Rauch. Ed. by G.F. Carr. W. Harbert, and Lihua Zhang. New York : Peter Langue, Pp. 93-106.

"Poetic language as language," XXVIII Coneference of the faculty and graduate students of the Department of Philology, University of St. Petersburg . St. Petersburg, 1999. * (Poet_jaz.doc).

"We speak Russian (a commentary on a commentary," Neva , no. 8 (St. Petersburg, 1999). * (Zdes_govorjat.doc).

"Prosody: metaphors and reality," Problems of phonetics. III (Moscow, 1999), pp. 160-169. *

"Russian-Yiddish: phonetic aspects of language interference," International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 99. (San Francisco, 1999), p. 1397-1400 (with. N. Svetozarova, T. de Graaf, R. Niuweboer).

"Severs's law (Germanic languages)," Yazyk i rechevaya deyatel'nost'. Vol. 2. (St. Petersburg, 1999). * (with a summary in English).

"The origin of preaspiration in Icelandic," Scandinavica. VI.. (St. Petersburg, 1999), p. 115-124.* (with a summary in English).

"Compensatory variation," in: I. Rauch, G.F. Carr (eds). New Insights in Germanic Linguistics II ( Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics) . Vol. 38. (New York , 2000), p. 57-78. (Compensatory.doc).

"Quantity loss in Yiddish: a Slavic feature?" in: D.G.Gilbers, J.Nerbonne and J.Schaeken (eds) Languages in Contact (Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics, vol. 28), (Amsterdam - Atlanta , 2000), pp. 193-197 (with Natalia Svetozarova).

Problems of prosody . St. Petersburg : St. Petersburg State University , 2000. (Probl_prosody.doc).

"Oral tradition and written culture". In: B.N. Putilov. Forlklore and Folkculture. Part II: In memoriam. St. Petersburg , 2003. P. 314 – 320. (см. Ustn_trad.doc).

"Unconscious authorship and oral composition: Comparing the two theories", Materials of the Conference dedicated to 100 years of Mikhail Ivanovich Steblin-Kamenskij. 10-12 September 2003. St. Petersburg : Nauka, 2003. P: 325-329.

Yiddish in St. Petersburg . Introduction by Isidor Levin. St. Petersburg . Philological Faculty. University of St. Petersburg . 43 pp. (with Fatima Eloeva).

Praise and Honor (Gothic hazjan, Old English hergan, and Russian čest’). In: Brigitte L.M. Bauer, Georges-Jean Pinault (eds). Language in Time and Space. A Festschrift for Werner Winter on the Occasion of his 8th Birthday (Walter Bisang, Hans Heinrich Hock (eds) Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 144). Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter. P. 233-240.

Ed. by Yuri Kleiner:

M.I. Steblin-Kamenskij. Trydy po filologii [Philological Works]. Compilation and Introduction by Yuri Kleiner. Postscript by Anatoly Liberman. St. Petersburg : Filologicheskij fakul’tet Sankt-Peterburgskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta, 2003.


From English into Russian:

Daphne du Maurier, The Menace, in: Daphne du Maurier, Short Stories (Leningrad , 1989);

A. Christie, The Herb of Death, The Case of a Perfect Maid, in: A. Christie, Short Stories, (Dushanbe , 1990);

J.O. Curwood, The Valley of Silent Men. St. Petersburg , 1991);

J.D. Carr, The Demoniacs, in: J. D. Carr Three Novels (St. Petersburg 1992; also published: Moscow 1993 ).

Albert B. Lord. The Singer of Tales (with G.A. Levinton), (Moscow , 1994).

From Russian into English :

Alexey Venetsianov and His School. (Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, 1983) (with Carolyn Justice);

Catalog Raisonné of the Hermitage Painting . Leningrad : Iskusstvo Publishers – Florence : Giunti:

(1) Venetian Painting;
(2) German and Austrian Painting;
(3) British Painting;
(4) French Painting;
(5) Italian Painting (ed.)