Sebastian Shaumyan

As a culmination of the many years of linguistic research as Professor of Moscow and Yale Universities I have discovered a law I call the Principle of Differences, which is a clue to understanding the deepest aspects of the intrinsic structure of language in its relation to thought and reality. The Principle of Differences has brought a novel method of drawing inferences which has led me to the creation to a new linguistic discipline I call Semiotic Linguistics. Semiotic Linguistics is a breakthrough, which makes all present versions of linguistic theory obsolete.

A complete description of the foundations of semiotic linguistics is given in my new book SEMIOTIC LINGUISTICS: LANGUAGE IN ITS RELATION TO THOUGHT AND REALITY. The new book is in press and will appear in 2005. The content of my new book will form the basis of the two new courses of lectures I plan to give at the Russian State Humanities University. The courses are: 1) Foundations of Semiotic Linguistics (first semester), 2) Semiotic Typology of Languages (second semester). I expect that the new and exciting ideas of these courses will be of great interest both to undergraduate and graduate students and to the teaching faculty.

Besides teaching linguistic courses at the Russian State Humanities University, I plan research work based on semiotic linguistics at the Institute of Informatics Problems and at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

At the Institute of Informatics Problems I will work with Dr. Helen Kozerenko, head of the Department of the Linguistic Bases of Informatics. The topic of our joint research is the developing of a new system of machine translation and the computer modeling of language based on Semiotic Linguistics and the Cognitive System of Rules of Syntax developed by Dr. Kozerenko. At the Institute of Linguistics I plan a joint research with Academician Yuri Stepanov on a topic on the interface of semiotics and cognitive science.

I expect that my teaching and research activities in Moscow will give positive results for the development of theoretical linguistics in Russia and the United States and will contribute to the creation of the constructive intellectual climate for the interaction of our scientific communities.

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