I am a linguistics, literature and translation studies Professor at the University of Alberta. I was born in Upper Silesia, Poland.
I hold an MA in General and South Slavic Linguistics from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (1973) with a major in Bulgarian Studies. In 1973 I began my academic career as an Instructor and Researcher at the Institute of English and General Linguistics, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. From 1977-1978 I had a research and teaching postgraduate position in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. USA. In 1981, I defended my summa cum laude doctoral dissertation in applied linguistics and semiotics.
During the seventies and eighties of the 20th Century I concentrated on new methods (mainly on the so-called “functional analysis”) in the study of literature, film and art. Some of them were deeply rooted in the tradition of Polish phenomenology (Roman Ingarden) and the Lvov School of mathematics and logic. From 1985-1986 I served as a Deputy Director of the Institute of English and General Linguistics, University of Silesia in Katowice. In 1986 I moved to the Institute for Slavic Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. In 1987 I took a leave of absence from the Institute as I was granted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of French at Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia. From 1989-1990 I was a Research Associate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of California at Berkeley.
After immigrating to Canada in 1990 I took a full time position of a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Film and Comparative Literature, and in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I continue my fascination with formal methods in the humanities, working on the application of net theories to the study of language. Currently, as a Full Professor, I coordinate the Polish Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies.