My name is Sergey Garagulya. I am a PhD holder (Philology), and work as an Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages of the Belgorod Shukhov State Technological University.
I graduated from Kharkov State University, the Faculty of Foreign Languages.
I took an English language study course in Great Britain; worked in India for more than six years.
In 2000 I defended a PhD dissertation (Kandidatskaya Degree) titled “Personal Name as a Cultural and Historical Category of Modern English” at the Department of English Linguistics of the Faculty of Philology of the Moscow Lomonosov State University.
For the last eight years the subject of my research has been a personal name as a name of an individual bearer, and as a means of self-identity. A personal name is a sign of cultural identification with a certain community. It carries a specific ethnic shade. Some special features of culture and a native language are, overtly and subliminally, the key factors involved in the process of personal name adaptation in a foreign nation’s environment or in the case of choosing an appropriate name for a baby. My Fulbright Program Project “Anthroponymic Transformations in the English Language Environment of the American Community” is related to the above problems”.
I have published a monograph “English Personal Name as an Object of the Study of Language, History and Culture”, about 20 articles, books/manuals on English anthroponymy, theory of Modern English and a practical course of English.
My host institution is Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, and my grant start date is on November 1, 2005.
I consider my participation in the Fulbright Program to be a unique opportunity to conduct research in the field that has not been studied enough in depth in Russia as well as get familiarized myself with culture, traditions and life of Americans.
My electronic mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org