Master, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1960. Doctor of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1988.
Assistant Institute Russian Language and Literature, Prague, 1953-1963. Docent Charles University, 1964-1988, professor, 1989-1995. Professor emeritus, since 1995.
Associate professor University of California at Los Angeles, 1968-1969. Visiting professor Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 1991-1992.
Member Linguistic Society Czech Republic (vice president), Circle linguistique de Prague, Czech Association Russicists.
Married Pavla Berglová, May 27, 1937. Children: Filip, Vít.