Introduction

Natalia Tšuikina is a lecturer of the Russian Language and Head of East-European and Russian Studies. She graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University and earned her doctorate degree (candidate of philological sciences) researching the functioning of the semile in a literary text; in 2002 started teaching and research in Tallinn University.

Her research interests include not only different aspects of text analyses, but also trends in the modern Russian language orthography and punctuation. She works on questions of language and culture, language game usage in everyday life. Being a teacher of practical Russian courses, Natalia Tšuikina has paid much attention to the issues of teaching Russian to foreigners and to those who speak Russian as a heritage language.