His early interests lead him to study music and clarinet play at Brno conservatoire, but later it was a keen interest in languages which brought him to study English, German and Czechoslovakian at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University. In 1970 he became an Assistant Professor of the Department of English and American Studies at the faculty. Apart from Masaryk University in Brno, he also taught at Silesian University in Opava and at the University of Ostrava (both in the Czechoslovakian Republic), and at University of Prešov (Slovakia).
He was a disciple and close collaborator of Professor January Firbas and together with him a lead investigator of a theory of Information Structure of language called Functional Sentence Perspective (FSP), inspired by the work of Vilém Mathesius.
He wrote many papers on the topic, two monographs and 50 encyclopedic entries describing FSP. His most important contribution to the development of the theory of Functional Sentence Perspective was its application to the subclausal level