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Keywords: folklore of the peoples of the North Caucasus, folklore of the Eastern Slavs, their interrelations; scientific works of the representatives of the first wave of Russian emigrants.
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Alieva A.I. From the Caucasus Studies Heritage of N.S. Trubetsky. Studia Litterarum, 2019, vol. 4, no 2, pp. 342–355. (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2019-4-2-342-355

Author: Alla I. Alieva
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Alla I. Alieva, DSc in Philology, Director of Research, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: 0000-000(5392-079х)

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Received: February 03, 2019
Published: June 25, 2019
Issue: 2019 Vol. 4, №2
Department: Textology. Materials
Pages: 342-355
DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2019-4-2-342-355
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BBK: 82.3(531) + 82.3(=411)


The scientific heritage of an outstanding Russian philologist, linguist, ethnologist, historian of culture, Slavist, founder of the comparative study of North Caucasian languages, full member of the Vienna Academy of Sciences, and the honorary member of the Finno-Ugric society in Finland, Nikolai S. Trubetskoy (1890–1938), who emigrated in 1919, has been on its way to his motherland since 1960. Unfortunately, his works on the folklore of the peoples of the North Caucasus that saw the light either in the short-lived pre-revolutionary Russian scientific journals or in various European journals that published scholarly essays of the representatives of the first wave of Russian emigrants have not been hitherto acknowledged in contemporary folklore studies. For this reason, we republish the N.S. Trubetskoy’s article “Folklore communication between Eastern Slavs and the peoples of the North Caucasus,” first issued in The Notes of the Russian Scientific Institute in Belgrade” (1941). In Russia, this article is hitherto obscure.


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2 Dzhapua Z.D. Abkhazskii nartskii epos. Tekstologiia. Semantika. Poetika [The Abkhaz Nart Epic. Textology. Semantics. Poetics]. Moscow, Nauka, Vostochnaia lit. Publ., 2016, pp. 95–109. (In Russ.)

3 Spektorskii E.V. Russkii nauchnyi institut v Belgrade [Russian Science Institute in Belgrade]. Zapiski Russkogo nauchnogo instituta v Belgrade [Notes of the Russian Science Institute in Belgrade]. Belgrad, 1939, issue 14, pp. 5–12. (In Russ.)

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7 Trubetskoi N.S. Istoriia. Kul’tura. Iazyk [Story. Culture. Language]. Moscow, Progress Publ., 1995. 738 p. (In Russ.)

8 Trubetskoi N.S. Kavkazskie paralleli k frigiiskomu mifu o rozhdenii iz kamnia (-zemli) [Caucasian parallels with the Phrygian myth of the birth out of stone (-land)]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie. Moscow, 1909, book LXXVIII, no 3, pp. 88–91. (In Russ.)

9 Trubetskoi N.S. Osnovy fonologii [The basics of phonology], transl. from German by A. Kholodovicha, ed. S.D. Katsnel’sona. Moscow, Izd-vo inostr. lit. Publ., 1960. 372 p. (In Russ.)

10 Trubetskoi N.S. Rededia na Kavkaze [Fried in the Caucasus]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie. Moscow, 1911. LXXXVIII–LXXXIX. Book 1–2, pp. 229–238. (In Russ.)

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