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Alexander Lehrman, Ph.D. (Yale 1985)

Associate Professor of Russian, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, University of Delaware

Interests: philology (Russian; general; comparative: Indo-Hittite; Afro-Altaic)

Selected publications:


Edited Collection:

2001: Essays on Karolina Pavlova. Co-edited with Susanne Fusso. A collection of scholarly essays on the śuvre of Karolina Pavlova (1807-1893). Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.


1998: Indo-Hittite Redux. Studies in Anatolian and Indo-European Verb Morphology. A contribution to the comparative grammar and phonology of Anatolian and Indo-European languages. Moscow: Paleograph.


2004: Review of Chekhov Then and Now. The Reception of Chekhov in World Culture. Edited by J. Douglas Clayton. Peter Lang 1997, Canadian- American Slavic Studies. To appear.

2003: Review of Masquerade: Dancing around Death in Nazi-Occupied Hungary by Tivadar Soros, Language Problems and Language Planning, vol. 26 No. 3 (Fall 2002), pp. 332-334

2002: "Indo-Hittite Laryngeals in Anatolian and Indo-European." Anatolian Languages, ed. Vitaly Shevoroshkin & Paul Sidwell, AHL Studies in the Science & History of Language, Monograph Series 6, Canberra: Australian National University, pp. 61-71

2001: "Introduction." Essays on Karolina Pavlova, pp. ix-xiv. Co-authored with Susanne Fusso.

"The Poetics of Karolina Pavlova." Essays on Karolina Pavlova, pp. 3-20

"Karolina Pavlova in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita." Essays on Karolina Pavlova, pp. 215-229

"A Chronology of Karolina Pavlova’s Life." Essays on Karolina Pavlova, pp. 251-263

"Reconstructing Proto-Indo-Hittite." Greater Anatolia and the Indo-Hittite Language Family, ed. Robert Drews, The Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph Series No. 38, Washington, D.C., pp. 106-130

1999: Review of No Place Like Home: The Literary Artist and Russian Search for Cultural Identity by Amy C. Singleton, Russian Review, Spring 1999, pp. 134-135

1997: "Hittite ga-ne-eš-+ and the Laryngeal Theory." Indogermanische Forschungen 102, pp. 151-155

1996: "Indo-Hittite Revisited." Indogermanische Forschungen 101 (1996), pp. 73-88

1995: “Literary Etyma in Čechov’s Višnevyj sad." Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, Vol. 35 (1995), pp. 41-75

1993: "Hittite išpárri- ‘trample’ and Vedic sphuráti ‘kick’." Die Sprache, 35/1, 1991-1993, pp. 131-132

«Восстановить азбучные истины» (“Restore the Letter of the Truth” [on the forced reform of Russian orthography in 1918]), Knizhnoe Obozrenie (The Book Review), No. 42 (1428) [22 October 1993], p. 7 «Американский бестселлер: искусство, которое принадлежит народу» (“The American Best Seller: The Art That Belongs to the People” [on John Grisham’s novels]), Ogonek, No. 23-24 (4298-4299), pp. 15, 24

1992: «Читатель за океаном: он же писатель» (“The Belles-Lettres Reader across the Atlantic Is Also the Writer”), Ogonek, No. 20-21, pp. 28-29

1990: "An Etymological Footnote to Chapter Three of Speak Memory." The Nabokovian, No. 24 (Spring 1990), pp. 32 - 33

1989: "Anatolian cognates of the Proto-Indo-European word for ‘wolf’," Die Sprache 33/1, pp. 13-18

1987: "The Etymology of Russian očen’" Russian Linguistics XI, pp. 31-36.

1985: "Aleksei Tsvetkov," Handbook of Russian Literature, ed. by Victor Terras, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, p. 487

"Algirdo J. Greimo mitologinių studijų klausimu" [in Lithuanian] ("On A. Julien Greimas’s Studies in [Baltic] Mythology"), Proceedings of the Institute of Lithuanian Studies: 1981, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 243-259

1983: "Transitivizing Verb Suffixes in Hittite and Indo-European," Abstracts of the One Hundred and Ninety-Third Meeting of the American Oriental Society, New Haven: American Oriental Society, pp. 52-3

1978: "Essays in Anatolian Onomastics" (I-III), Names, 26/3, pp. 220-230


2001: Boris Grifcov, "Karolina Pavlova." Essays on Karolina Pavlova, pp. 21- 31

Mikhail Fajnshtejn, "Music and Painting in Karolina Pavlova’s Life." Essays on Karolina Pavlova, pp. 230-239

1992: Apresjan, Yuri D. Lexical Semantics. User’s Guide to Contemporary Russian Vocabulary, Ann Arbor: Karoma Publishers. Chapters 1 C 5 (pp. 1-357)

1991: The Roof, a play by Alexander Galin. Performed by University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program, Oct. 23 C Nov. 9, 1991

1981: Podrabinek, Alexander. Punitive Medicine. Ann Arbor: Karoma Publishers


2000: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, with revised and updated versions of my Turkic and other etymologies and "word histories."

1993: The American Heritage College Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, with revised and updated versions of my Slavic, Indo-Iranian, and Ural-Altaic etymologies and "word histories."

1992: All of the etymologies and word histories for entries of Slavic, Indo- Iranian, and Ural-Altaic origins in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.