Anastasia Stepanova

Anastasia Stepanova
Department of Linguistics
University at Buffalo
609 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260



I am currently pursuing a PhD in Linguistics at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Having received my undergraduate degree in translation in St.Petersburg, Russia I worked for two years translating Memorandums and applications to the European Court of Human Rights.

I joined the Master's program in Linguistics at the University at Buffalo in 2011 as a Fulbright grantee and started my doctoral studies in 2013.

My research interests lie in the intersection of Syntax and Semantics. Previously, I have worked on phonetics and phonology of Tuscarora (Iroquoian), phonology and morphosyntax of S'gaw Karen (Sino-Tibetan), and the semantics of the posture verbs in Russian.

Currently, I am looking at the semantic domain of instruments in Russian. I am mostly interested in looking at differences in grammatical expression within the instrumental domain and discovering semantic variables that govern the choice of grammatical expression in Russian. These variables can serve as independent semantic criteria to identify the instrumental domain in a specific language. I am using statistical and corpus tools to identify such semantic variables.