Aharon Dolgopolsky

Aharon Dolgopolsky
Aharon Dolgopolsky
Born
Арон Борисович Долгопольский
אהרון דולגופולסקי

18 November 1930
Moscow, Russia
Died20 July 2012
Haifa, Israel
OccupationLinguist
Academic work
Main interestsHistorical linguistics

Aharon Dolgopolsky, also spelled Aron (Hebrew: אהרון דולגופולסקי, Russian: Арон Борисович Долгопольский; 18 November 1930 – 20 July 2012) was a Russian-Israeli linguist who is known as one of the modern founders of comparative Nostratic linguistics.

Biography

Born in Moscow, he arrived at the long-forgotten Nostratic hypothesis in the 1960s, at around the same time but independently of Vladislav Illich-Svitych. Together with Illich-Svitych, he was the first to undertake a multilateral comparison of the supposed daughter languages of Nostratic. Teaching Nostratics at Moscow University for 8 years, Dolgopolsky moved to Israel in 1976, and taught at the University of Haifa.

Dolgopolsky was featured in the NOVA documentary, In search of the first language.

He died on 20 July 2012 in Haifa.

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