Vytautas J. Mažiulis
( 1926 - 2009 )
Vytautas J. Mažiulis was born in Rokėnai village,
Zarasai district (of Lithuania), on August 20, 1926.
A highly-reputed linguist, who had devoted himself
to the study of the Baltic languages, Dr. Vytautas
Mažiulis held the post of Professor at the Baltic
Languages Department of Vilnius University and was
full member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.
His enormous contribution to Baltic Philology earned
him the Lithuanian State prize. He studied Classic
Philology and the Baltic languages at Vilnius University
and the Indo-European languages at Moscow
University. He graduated from Vilnius University in
1952, where he began to work full-time three years
later, and continued to do so to his last days.
From 1968 to 1973, he chaired the Dept. of
Lithuanian Language Studies, while during the period
ranging from 1973 to 1989 he was appointed head
of the Baltic Philology Department. The founder of the
Prussian and the West Baltic Linguistic School in
Lithuania, Vytautas Mažiulis was the author of the
following monograghs: "Relations between the
Baltic and other Indo-European Languages
(Declination)" (1979), "Languages of the World"
(1958), "On the Diachronic Morphology of the
Slavonic and Baltic Languages" (in collaboration
with V. Zhuraviev, 1978, in Russian), "Languages
of the Nations of the World" (1979). He had written
180 papers and was the compiler of the publication
"Monuments of the Prussian Language" (1966-1981,
Part Two). His most fundamental work was the four-
volume "Etymological Dictionary of Old Prussian",
published by the Vilnius "Mokslas" editors of Lithuania.
From 1970, he was the executive editor of a journal
on linguistics - "Baltistica" - and a member of the
editorial board of the philological journal "Acta
Baltistica-Slavica" (published in Poland).
Vytautas Mažiulis was also correspondent member
of both the Mainz Academy of Sciences and
Literature (Germany) and the Milanese
Linguistics Society (Italy), as well as
Chairman of an International Commission
on Baltic-Slavonic Relations.
The eminent Scholar
Vytautas Juozapas Mažiulis
passed away on April 11th, 2009.
The World's loss is immeasurable.
He will be missed!
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