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Alexander Letuchiy

  • Alexander Letuchiy has been at HSE University since 2011.

Education and Degrees

  • 2020

    Doctor of Sciences*
    HSE University

  • 2006

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Comparative Historical, Typological and Contrastive Linguistics
    Russian State University for the Humanities
    Thesis Title: Typology of labile verbs: semantic and morphosyntactic aspects

  • 2004

    Degree in Theoretical and applied linguistics
    Russian State University for the Humanities, Institute of Linguistics

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Best Teacher – 2023, 2014

  • Winner of the HSE University Best Russian Research Paper Competition – 2022

Young Faculty Support Programme (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2012-2013)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)


  • 2013
    Workshop on verb valency change (Эрмосильо). Presentation: Arabic third stem: Does it denote valency change?
  • 19-я Международная конференция по компьютерной лингвистике "Диалог". Presentation: Свойства нулевой связки в русском языке в сопоставлении со свойствами выраженного глагола

  • 2012

    Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects within and across Languages and Language Families: Stability, Variation and Change (Рейкьявик). Presentation: Two Russian reflexive constructions: does the expression of the base subject matter?

  • 2011
    Association for Linguistic Typology 9th Biennial Conference (ALT9) (Гонконг). Presentation: Ambitransitive verbs in American indigenous languages

Dissertation for a degree of Doctor of Science


Employment history

2011 – present time – assistant professor, then professor at the School of Linguistics (formerly Faculty of Philology) of National Research University Higher School of Economics.


Courses taught (now or previously):


Russian syntax

Voice and valency change

Transitivity and lability

Arabic in typological perspective

Evidentiality: theory and typology

Russian morphology (participates in teaching with Olga Lyashevskaya, Ilya Itkin)

General syntax (participates in teaching with Tatiana Nikitina, Yuri Lander, Alexander Podobryaev)

General morphology (participates in teaching with Michael Daniel, Yuri Lander)


2006 – present time – leading research fellow (previously research fellow, senior research fellow) in Russian Language Institute, Moscow (Department of Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Poetics)

2006 – 2012 – teacher of linguistic courses at the Russian State University for Humanities (courses “Arabic language”, “Bulgarian language”, “Transitivity and lability”, “Lexical markers of voice and valency change”)

2005 – 2007 – teacher of Arabic at the Academy of Diplomacy, Moscow

2005 – 2006 – worked at the Laboratory of Computer linguistics of Institute of Information Transmission Problems, Moscow (participated in compiling language entries for a computer dictionary of Russian)

Timetable for today

Full timetable

HSE Scholars to Participate in Creating a New Platform for Russian National Corpus

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has announced the results of a grant competition for big research projects. One of the winners is a project with HSE University participation: the creation of a next generation computational linguistic platform to digitally record the Russian language.

He, drunk and merry; she, in tears: null copula in Russian

On February 3 rd , Aleksandr Letuchiy presented a report on the syntactic properties of the null copula in Russian language.