Shaposhnikov Alexander Konstantinovich: life in science and creativity

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  • Mainura Buribayeva Korkyt Ata Kyzylorda University
  • Jemma Amanzholova Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
  • Nursulu Shaimerdenova Al-Farabi Kazakh National University



Summary of the publication. The article is dedicated to the memory of Alexander Konstantinovich
Shaposhnikov, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), researcher of the
Department of Etymology and Onomastics of the V.V. Vinogradov Institute of the Russian Language
of the Russian Academy of Sciences. As a student of Ninel Zeynalovna Gadzhieva, he received her
advice in the field of comparative studies, Turkology and Altaic studies, which were later embodied in
the candidate’s thesis of A.K. Shaposhnikov, as well as in many research works. Later, his supervisor
was an outstanding researcher, academician Oleg Nikolaevich Trubachev. The talented student of the
academician continued the research of his teacher and became a famous lexicographer, etymologist,
author and compiler of a number of academic, popular academic works and translations. The topic of
the candidate’s dissertation «The experience of reconstruction of the relic language (based on materials related to the Khazar Khaganate)» was carried out under the supervision of N.G. Gadzhieva and O.N.
Trubachev in 1992. This research direction became the starting point in all the further activities of
A.K. Shaposhnikov, defining the scope of his scientific interests related to historical lexicography,
etymology, ancient onomastics, mythology, as well as translations of ancient texts (from ancient Greek,
Latin). For several years, he was the head of the annual readings in memory of Academician of the
Russian Academy of Sciences O.N. Trubachev from the cycle «Northern Black Sea Region: to the
origins of Slavic culture».
A.K. Shaposhnikov has repeatedly visited Kazakhstan and participated in linguistic forums, closely
cooperated with Kazakh researchers engaged in etymological research, Turkic-Slavic language contacts,
the language of monuments of Russian writing of various periods, and, most importantly, lectured and
participated in a joint (with Kazakh researchers) international project on the lexicographic description
of Turkisms in Slavic languages in 2013-2014. A.K. Shaposhnikov together with Kazakh researchers
worked on the project «Corpus of Turkic language units in East Slavic languages: ways of penetration
and adaptation», the purpose of which was a comprehensive synchronic and diachronic study of the
features of semantics and functioning of Turkisms in heterogeneous and homogeneous languages,
followed by the compilation of a Dictionary of Turkisms.
Alexander Konstantinovich Shaposhnikov died from complications caused by viral pneumonia on
July 7, 2021, leaving behind numerous studies in the field of lexicography, etymology and onomastics.

Information about author

Mainura Buribayeva, Korkyt Ata Kyzylorda University

Сandidate of Philological Sciences, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations

Jemma Amanzholova, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor

Nursulu Shaimerdenova, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Doctor of Philology, Professor


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Buribayeva М., Amanzholova Д., & Shaimerdenova . Н. (2022). Shaposhnikov Alexander Konstantinovich: life in science and creativity. Turkic Studies Journal, 4(4), 149–170.