Prof. Mukhadin A. Kumakhov – in memoriam

MKKV2The great Circassian linguist Mukhadin A. Kumakhov spent several years as visiting professor at the Department of Linguistics at Lund University (Sweden), where he wrote a number of articles and three monographs in cooperation with Prof. Karina Vamling during the years 1992-2008.

Photo: Professor Kumakhov at the ceremony for honory doctors at Lund University (Sweden), 1998, together with Karina Vamling

Professor M.A. Kumakhov graduated from Tbilisi State University, where he continued his doctoral dissertation under the guidance of the Georgian caucasologist Arnold Chikobava. As a professor of the Institute of Linguistics the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, and for many years the Head of the section for Comparative Linguistics at this institution, his scientific contributions to Caucasology and General linguistics received wide international recognition. He was a member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences, elected honory doctor of Lund University (Sweden) and a member of the Societas Caucasologica Europaea. For his contributions to the development of Caucasology he was awarded the Chikobava Prize of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. He was the chief-editor of the recently published Adyghe (Circassian) Encyclopeadia (in Russian).

Mukhadin Kumakhov took part in many international caucasological conferences and gatherings, for instance, in London, Oxford, Paris, Istanbul, Ankara, Berlin, Munich, San Sebastian.

Professor Kumakhov published over two hundred scientific articles and twelve monographs, among them: Inflection of the Adyghe languages (in Russian), Historical-comparative phonetics of the Adyghe (Circassian) languages (in Russian), Historical-comparative grammar of the Adyghe (Circassian) languages (in Russian), Studies in General and Caucasian linguistics  (in Russian),  Ergativity in the Circassian  languages (in Russian), Circassian clause structure (in English, publ. posthumous 2009).

Joint publications at Lund University and Malmö University

Kumakhov, M. & K. Vamling, 2009. Circassian Clause Structure. Caucasus Studies 1. School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmö University,  219 p.

Kumakhov, M. & K. Vamling 2006. Ergativnost’ v cherkesskix jazykax [=Circassian clause structure (in Russian)], School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmö University, 213 p.

Kumakhov, M. & K. Vamling. 1998. Dopolnitel’nye konstrukcii v kabardinskom jazyke [=Complementation in Kabardian (in Russian)], Department of Linguistics, University of Lund,  350 pp.

Articles, book chapters

Kumakhov, M.A. & K.  Vamling. 2018. ‘Complementation in the Northwest Caucasian Languages’. Caucasus Studies 5. Malmö University, pp. 11-44.

Kumakhov, M. & K. Vamling. 1997. The obligative construction in Kabardian. In: S. Özsoy (ed.). Proceedings of the Conference on Northwest Caucasian Linguistics. Studia Caucasologica III, pp. 114-127.

Kumakhov, M., Vamling, K. & Z. Kumakhova. 1996. Ergative case in the Circassian languages. Working Papers 45, Lund University, Dept. of Linguistics, pp. 93-111.

Kumakhov, M. & K. Vamling. 1995. On root and subordinate clause structure in Kabardian. Working Papers 44, Lund University, Dept. of Linguistics, pp. 91-110.

Kumakhov, M. & K. Vamling. 1994. Kabardian non-finite forms with arbitrary subject reference. Working Papers 42, Lund Univ., Dept. of Linguistics, pp. 75-83.

Kumakhov, M. & K. Vamling. 1993. Complement types in Kabardian. Working Papers 40, Lund University, Department of Linguistics, pp. 115-131.


Mukhadin Kumakhov passed away in Moscow on June 7, 2008 and is buried in his native Nalchik in Kabardino-Balkaria, North Caucasus.