Rector of the Liepaja University, professor, leading researcher of the Kurzeme Humanitarian Institute, full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Member of the International Phonetic Association, member and expert of Latvian Council of Sciences, member of the International Committee of Research and Scholarships for EEZ and Norway Grants.
Author of more than 300 publications in Latvian dialectology, phonetics, phonology, child language and education. Member of the editorial board of the issues “Baltu filoloģija”, “Valoda un literatūra kultūras apritē”, “Valoda: nozīme un forma. Plašsaziņas līdzekļu valoda”, et al.