Alexander M. Schenker

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Alexander M. Schenker (born December 20, 1924) is an American Slavist,[1] professor emeritus of Slavic linguistics at Yale University, and the winner of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Slavic Studies for his contributions to the field of Polish studies, as well for the general contributions to the development of the field of Slavic studies in the United States.


Schenker was born in Cracow in 1924. He enrolled to the university in Dushanbe (then Stalinabad) in Tajikistan during the World War II. Later he studied at the Sorbonne, receiving his Ph.D. from Yale in 1953, where he eventually settled becoming a professor of Slavic studies.


At Yale University in the 1950s he participated in the creation of one of America's leading programs of Slavic languages and literatures, culminating in what was to become a classic textbook for teaching Polish in English: Beginning Polish (1966). His other notable works include:

  • Polish Declension (1964), monograph
  • Polish Conjugation (1954), article
  • Gender Categories in Polish (1955), article
  • Some Remarks on Polish Quantifiers (1971), article
  • The Slavic Literary Languages: Formation and Development, coedited with Edward Stankiewicz (1980),
  • The Dawn of Slavic: An Introduction to Slavic Philology (1996), his greatest book, receiving MLA'ss Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures.
  • The Bronze Horseman: Falconet's Monument to Peter the Great (2003)


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External links[edit]

  • The Dawn of Slavic - The first chapter of The Dawn of Slavic: An Introduction to Slavic Philology, in PDF