Nikolai S. Trubetzkoy

in Moscow, Russian Federation
April 16, 1890

June 25, 1938


Prince Nikolai Sergeyevich Trubetzkoy (also Troubetskoy; Russian: Николай Сергеевич Трубецкой; was a Russian linguist and historian whose teachings formed a nucleus of the Prague School of structural linguistics. He is widely considered to be the founder of morphophonology. He was also associated with the Russian Eurasianists.

Trubetzkoy was born into an extremely refined environment. His father, Sergei Nikolaevich Trubetzkoy, came from a Gediminid princely family. Having graduated from the Moscow University (1913), Trubetzkoy delivered lectures there until the revolution. Thereafter he moved first to the university of Rostov-na-Donu, then to the University of Sofia (1920–22), and finally took the chair of Professor of Slavic Philology at th

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