With great sorrow I have to inform all of you that Liya Sergeyevna
Levitskaya, an outstanding specialist in Turkic linguistics,
comparative grammar of Turkic languages, Turkic etymology, historical
phonetics and morphology of Chuvash language, passed away on Friday,
02 October 2009.
Liya Sergeyevna Levitskaya was born 23 November 1931.
She entered the Philological faculty of the Moscow State University in
1948, where she was one of the most talented students of N. K.
Dmitriyev. After she graduated from the university she had been
working at editorial board of Turkmenskaya Iskra newspaper
(1953-1955). Then she worked at oriental studies department of A. M.
Gorky Science Library of MSU (1956-1958), and then she went to work to
the Institute of Linguistics, to the department of Turkic and
Mongolian languages, which was later transformed to the department of
Her doctoral thesis (24.06.1966) was “Historical phonetics of Chuvash”.
After E. V. Sevortyan's death, Liya Sergeyevna became the head of the
board of the Etymological Dictionary of Turkic Languages. Actually she
is the only author of no less than 60 percent of dictionary entries in
the volumes of the Dictionary issued since that time. Even being
retired she appeared to be one of the driving forces behind the volume
of Comparative historical grammar of the Turkic languages dedicated to
vocabulary (the wordlist was compiled by me and her together, she has
developed the format of dictionary entries, and she's the author of 25
percent of that volume). Her health conditions did not allow her to
take part in writing the Regional Reconstructions volume, but she had
time to collect data on Oguz morphology, so the «Oguz Languages.
Phonetics. Morphology – Name» section is presented under Dybo's
authorship with Levitskaya's participance.
L. S. Levitskaya's post-graduate students are Judith
Dmitriyeva-Salontai, Elena Lebedeva, Oleg Mudrak and me. All of us
successfully work in comparative historical turkology and try to
evolve Liya Sergeyevna's works on Turkic etymology.
62 science works have been published.
Individual monograph: Historical morphology of Chuvash. (Историческая
морфология чувашского языка. М., 1976).
The last large publication: Etymological Dictionary of Turkic
Languages. Pan-Turkic and Inter-Turkic Bases Starting with L, M, N, P,
S. (Этимологический словарь тюркских языков. Общетюркские и
межтюркские основы на Л, М, Н, П, С. М., Восточная литература, 2003).
Together with G. F. Blagova, A. V. Dybo, D. M. Nasilov, E. A. Potseluyevsky.
Anna V. Dybo