Alexander (Sasha) Nikolaev

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies & Linguistics
Alexander (Sasha) Nikolaev
Office phone: 617-358-4287
Office number: STH 417
Office address: School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2018: TR 12-1; W 10:10-11; or by appointment

BA, Classics and Linguistics, University of St. Petersburg, Russia
PhD, Linguistics, Harvard University

Early Greek literature (epic, lyric, iambic, and elegiac poetry); early contacts between Greece and other cultures of the Near East; historical grammar and etymology; comparative poetics and mythology.


Fall 2018

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 360

Historical and Comparative Linguistics

web A1 Nikolaev TR 2:00-3:15 MUG 424
Introduction to language change and the methodology of historical linguistic analysis, using data from a wide array of languages. Investigates genetic relatedness among languages, language comparison, historical reconstruction, and patterns and principles of change in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 660; Previously offered as CAS LX 535 "Historical and Comparative Linguistics"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Spring 2019

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 205

The Origins of Writing

A1 Nikolaev MWF 2:30-3:20 CAS 116
An overview of the major writing systems of the world: Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs, Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, West Semitic consonantal scripts (abjads), East Asian scripts, runes, and Greek and Roman alphabets. This course has a considerable linguistic component supplemented by historical information about ancient languages and cultures.
    Also offered as CAS CL 205. [Note that this course does *not* satisfy the prerequisite of CAS LX 250 for higher level linguistics courses.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Historical consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration