Ilia Peiros

Ilia Peiros
Peiros at an October 2004 conference held in memory of Vladislav Illich-Svitych
Ilia Iosifovich Peiros
Илья Иосифович Пейрос

Academic work
InstitutionsSanta Fe Institute
Main interestsHistorical linguistics, East Asian languages

Ilia Peiros (full name: Ilia Iosifovich Peiros, Илья Иосифович Пейрос; born 1948) is a Russian linguist who specializes in the historical linguistics of East Asia. Peiros is a well-known scholar in the Moscow School of Comparative Linguistics, known for its work on long-range comparative linguistics. Peiros is affiliated with the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, United States and was also a former faculty member at the University of Melbourne.


In 1971, Peiros graduated from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Moscow State University. In 1976, he defended his Ph.D. thesis on Sino-Tibetan consonantism.


In the article "An Austric Macrofamily: some considerations", Peiros proposed that Austro-Tai (comprising Austronesian and Tai-Kadai), Miao-Yao (Hmong-Mien), and Austroasiatic were all related to each other as part of the Austric language macrofamily.

In 1996, together with Sergei Starostin, he published a 6-volume comparative dictionary of the Sino-Tibetan languages.

Peiros also does research on Amerindian historical linguistics as part of the Evolution of Human Languages (EHL) project, led by Georgiy Starostin.

Selected publications

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