Current Work

Linguistics is the scientific study of the language. I am interested in intersection between theoretical linguistics and language acquisition. Specifically, I have been investigating how people acquire third and fourth languages. Ultimately, the goal is to work towards a principled (formalized, idealized, universalized) model of language acquisition (or, at least, theory which explains how previous languages affect the acquisition of the new ones).

As of right now, I also serve as a Curriculum and Assessment Advisor for ENGin where I apply my experience at the intersection of linguistics and language teaching to guide designing and developing curriculum. However, most of my time at ENGin is taken by revieweing, designing, validating, developing, and maintaining assessment frameworks for the program. With ENGin, I also do research on language testing: (i) on usage of English Vocabulary Profile from Cambridge Assessment English for artificial assessment of lexical resources, (ii) on skill set for evaluators of second language speaking/writing, (iii) on validity and reliability. See more on what I do at ENGin here.

Research Interests

  • generative approaches to Ln acquisition and "transfer" studies

  • intersection of generative linguistics and language teaching

  • language testing and assessment


PRP -- peer-reviewed piece (e.g., a paper, report, etc.)

CP -- conference proceeding

SP -- solicited piece (e.g., a review)

J -- journal publication


IT -- invited talk

RT -- refereed talk (e.g., a conference paper presentation)

PP -- poster presentation

Output sorted by by type (papers, talks, proceedings, etc.) and not by years can be found in my CV.

in preparation

(to be submitted to LAB) Acquiring interaction of disjunction and negation in L3 English: ¬ (initial state ∨ wholesale transfer)

(under review in Second Language Research) On wholesale transfer, (psycho)typology, and linguistic minimalism in Ln acquisition studies

(commissioned) Daniil M. Ozernyi, Ruslan Suvorov. Test of Ukrainian as Foreign Language: an unsound foundation or a solid gallows? [test review] Language Testing

(in progress, to appear in late 2022) Daniil M. Ozernyi, Suzanne Flynn, Eva Fernandez-Berkes. Generative Third Language Acquisition; in Cambridge Elements in Second Language Acquisition series, Alessandro Benati and John S, Schwieter, eds. Cambridge University Press.


(forthcoming/accepted) RT Daniil M. Ozernyi, Soe Young Lee (2022, Mar 22-25). Evaluating Lexical Resource of Spoken English With Vocabulary Profiling [Conference talk]. TESOL Convention 22, Pittsburgh, PA, United States. Abstract; slides.

(forthcoming/accepted) RT Daniil M. Ozernyi (2022, Mar 10-13). Teaching British Poetry in a Ukrainian ESL Classroom: Reasons, Results, and Lessons to be Learnt [Conference talk]. 53rd NeMLA Convention. Baltimore, MD, United States. Abstract; slides.

(forthcoming/accepted) RT Daniil M. Ozernyi (2022, Mar 10-13). Dostoevsky and Ukrainian Literature: Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries Concordances and Tensions [Conference talk]. 53rd NeMLA Convention. Baltimore, MD, United States. Abstract; slides.

(forthcoming/accepted) PP Daniil M. Ozernyi, (2022, Jan 6-9). Linguistic transfer, or there and back again: A chronological study of terminological meandering [Poster presentation]. 96th Annual Meeting of Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC, United States. Abstract; slides.


RT Daniil M. Ozernyi, Soe Young Lee (2021, Oct 22-23). Developing a binary-branching decision-tree rubric for assessing speaking: case of ENGin program [Conference talk]. East Coast Organization of Language Testers, United States (virtual). Abstract; slides.

RT Daniil M. Ozernyi (2021, Oct 15-16). EVP as a tool for evaluating the CEFR level-appropriateness of ESL reading examinations: corpus analysis of Ukrainian state assessment [Conference talk]. English Language Testing Society Conference, United States (virtual). Abstract; slides.

PP Daniil M. Ozernyi (2021, Oct 9). Vocabulary profiling of Polish “Matura”: corpus-based inquiry into content validity for high-stakes Central European state ESL examination [Poster presentation]. MwALT 2021: Midwestern Association of Language Testers. Iowa State University. Ames, IA. Abstract; poster.

RT Daniil M. Ozernyi (2021, Oct 5-9) How do L1 and L2 influence L3: theorizing vs. asking for practitioner's input [Conference talk] The 2021 Fall Washington Association For Language Teaching conference (virtual).

IT Daniil M. Ozernyi (2021, Aug 19). Generative linguistics and language acquisition: personal sketches and state of art in Ukraine . Delivered at Summer School for Section of Language Sciences of Dnipro branch of JAS of Ukraine. Dnipro, Ukraine. Slides.

SP J Daniil M. Ozernyi Jason Rothman, Jorge González Alonso, & Eloi Puig-Mayenco: THIRD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND LINGUISTIC TRANSFER. Cambridge University Press, 2019. Applied Linguistics, Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/applin/amab040; Preprint.

RT Daniil M. Ozernyi (2021, Mar 18). The crossroads of four languages: the complexity of language identity of quardilinguals in central Ukraine [Conference talk]. Multilingualism on My Mind (MoMM): Exploring Multilingualism in Education, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway (online). Links: the Abstract, slides, the OSF page.

  • (at the MoMM 2021 conference) chair of the session Multilingual pedagogy from an Interdisciplinary Perspective (3B) on 03/18/21, 13:45-15:25

CP Daniil M. Ozernyi "L1 vs. L2 vs. L3 transfer: Evidence contra wholesale transfer models and privileged languages from grammatical gender and definiteness acquisition in sequential quardilinguals." Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 6.1 (2021): 9-23. DOI: 10.3765/plsa.v6i1.4891

RT Daniil M. Ozernyi (2021, Jan 8). L1 vs. L2 vs. L3 transfer: grammatical gender and determiner acquisition in sequential quadrilinguals [Conference talk]. 95th Annual Meeting of Linguistic Society of America, San-Francisco, CA, United States (online). Slides, abstract, VIDEO.


IT Daniil Ozernyi. Elements of theater in Français langue étrangère: enhancing pragmatic competence at Northfield Mount Hermon Scholarly Series (Shauffler Library, Fall 2020).

IT Daniil Ozernyi. US vs Ukraine: language education in middle and high school, elicited expert session for biggest in Eastern Europe international educational conference EdCamp Ukraine


Qualifying paper 2 for section of Pedagogy of Jr. Academy of Sciences of Ukraine: Озерний, Д. (2019). Розвиток соціально-активної особистості у середовищі шкільного самоврядування (Developing a socially active personality in the environment of school government). Дніпропетровське відділення Малої академії наук України, Відділення філософії та суспільствознавства, секція “Педагогіка.” Slides for the talk, email for the link.


Qualifying paper 1 for section of Pedagogy of Jr. Academy of Sciences of Ukraine: Озерний, Д. (2018). Розвиток аналітико-синтетичних навичков учнів засобами інтегрованого навчання (Development of students’ analytical-synthetical thinking by means of integrated learning). Дніпропетровське відділення Малої академії наук України, Відділення філософії та суспільствознавства, секція “Педагогіка.”

CP Daniil Ozernyi. Інтегроване навчання в сучасному освітньому процеці та CLIL-методологія (Integrated learning in modern educational process and CLIL methodology)// Materials of IV conference “Modern tendencies in chemistry teaching”. – 04/14/2018. – Ivan Franko Lviv University, Lviv, Ukraine.

IT Daniil Ozernyi. Research prospects for students: development and concerns. Opening remarks for regional competition of research papers of MAS of Ukraine.


CP Daniil Ozernyi. Розвиток аналітико-синтетичних навичок учнів засобами інтегрованого навчання (Development of analytical-synthetical skills by means of integrated learning) // Materials of III conference “Modern tendencies in chemistry teaching” – 03/24/2017. – Ivan Franko Lviv University, Lviv, Ukraine.


PRP Ozernyi, D., Nikolenko, L. M..Аналiз стану самоврядування у сучасних загальноосвiтнiх навчальних закладах. Український психолого-педагогiчний науковий збiрник, №7.07 (2016): 90-95.


PRP Ozerniy, Danil, Inna V. Kurinna, and Yaroslav S. Bondarenko. "Synthesis and alkylation of amide obtained by N-Phthaloylglycine and himic acid hydrazide." Journal of Chemistry and Technologies 23.2 (2015): 10-14. DOI:

A series of 20 online outreach articles for teachers of modern languages in Ukraine (2018, free access, 100k+ views)

(most of the names on the list below are links)

Article 1. What is to be modern in teaching a second language?

Article 2. How to motivate students?

Article 3. Language pick up. Can you learn the language without studying grammar?

Article 4. Does every mistake need to be corrected?

Article 5. L1 and L2 - differences in acquisition, other links are available in CV.


“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. ”

- Bertrand Russel in The Triumph of Stupidity, 1933