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Thomas J. Samuelian is an American-Armenian linguist and author of a number of books and articles in the field of Armenian language, literature, and history. He is currently Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, American University of Armenia.

Samuelian has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and St. Nersess Seminary[where?]. He has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at Harvard Law School. He is Chairman of the Board of the Arak-29 Foundation. He is the author of a Course in Modern Western Armenian, a translation/retelling of Yeznik of Kolb, a verse translation of the Armenian epic David of Sasun, and a complete translation of St.Gregory of Narek's Book of Lamentations.


  • 1989 - Course in Modern Western Armenian: Dictionary and Linguistic Notes, ISBN: 0961793325
  • 1989 - A Course in Modern Western Armenian: Exercises and Commentary, ISBN: 0961793317
  • 1993 - Armenian Dictionary in Transliteration: Western Pronunciation¬†: Armenian-English English-Armenian


  • 1999 - David of Sassoun (author Hovhannes Toumanian)
  • 2005 - The Armenian Prayer Book of St. Gregory of Narek, ISBN: 9993085340
  • Yeznik, Refutation of the Sects
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