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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Elena Filimonova

Associate Professor in Russian
Slavonic Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 7 62883

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Elena Filimonova teaches Russian language and translation at all levels of the undergraduate degree. She came to language teaching via theoretical linguistics, in which she continues to pursue her interests.

Teaching interests: 
  • Practical phonetics
  • Advanced grammar
  • Linguistic analysis of text
  • Translation
Research interests: 
  • Varieties of modern Russian, in particular grammar of spoken, non-academic language
  • Typology of relational marking
  • Practical issues of L2-acquisition
  • E-learning of languages.
Recent research projects: 

In collaboration with the Language Centre, Elena developed a new interactive online learning resource for beginner and intermediate level students of Russian, with the particular aim of enhancing new vocabulary acquisition​.

2017 «От слов и ум к высотам устремляется»: О формировании и расширении словарного запаса студентов с использованием ИНТЕРНЕТ-технологий​.[Russian Language Centre 2017. Russian Outside Russia. The Challenges of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language Outside the Language Environment. Conference Proceedings. 2017. C. 335-340.] 

Over the years she has been involved in various CIE projects on teaching Russian at the secondary level.

Published works: 

Filimonova, Elena (ed.) Clusivity: Typology and case studies of the inclusive–exclusive distinction [Typological Studies in Language 63], 2005

She is one of the developers of The Universals Archive (University Konstanz, Germany).