BULIČ, Sergej Konstantinovič. St.Petersburg 27.8.(8.9.)1859 — Petrograd 1921. Russian Linguist. Professor in St.Petersburg. Born in a noble family originating from Kazan Government. Orthodox. Educated in 1870-78 at gymnasium in Kazan, then 1878-84 studied Linguistics, Sanskrit, and Slavic philology at Kazan University (under Baudouin de Courtenay and Kruševski), wrote his M.A. diss. on Lusatian. 1884 M.A. in Sanskrit and Comparative Linguistics. In spring 1885 Docent at Kazan, in autumn moved to St.Petersburg. Taught Russian in two schools to get his living. In 1887 two years’ scholarship from the Ministry of Education gave him means to study at Berlin (under J. Schmidt, A. Weber, Oldenberg), Jena (Delbrück, Kluge, Schrader, Cappeller), and Leipzig (Böhtlingk, Leskien, Brugmann). In the end of he 1888 returned to Russia and continued his teaching at schools and university. From 1891 eo. Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Linguistics at St.Petersburg University.
B. was a linguist, especially Slavist, had a special interest in phonetics, and also wrote on the history of linguistics and of music. For Indology he contributed little.
Publications: Diss. for the Docentship: Zaimstvovannyja slova i ix znače dlja razvitija jazyka; Germanskoe peredviženie soglasnyh. MS. 1885, parts publ. later separately; much on Linguistics and Slavistics, reviews.
– since 1891 wrote many Encyclopaedia articles on linguistics and Indology.
– Cerkovnoslavjanskie èlementy v sovremennom literaturnom i narodnom russkom jazyk. 1-. 1894-.
– Očerk istorii jazukoznanii v Rossii. 1. XIII v. – 1825. 11+1248 p. St.P. 1904.
Sources: Biogr. slovar’ St.Petersb. Univ. 1, 1896, 99-101; Bol’šaja sovetskaja Ènciklopedija s.v.