Aharon Dolgopolsky

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Aharon Dolgopolsky

Aharon Dolgopolsky (Hebrew: אהרון דולגופולסקי‎‎, Russian: Арон Борисович Долгопольский; 18 November 1930 – 20 July 2012[1]) was a Russian-Israeli linguist and one of the modern founders of comparative Nostratic linguistics.[2][3]

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.


  1. ^ "Долгопольский Ахарон. Электронная еврейская энциклопедия". Eleven.co.il. 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ Renfrew, Colin (29 May 1998). "At the cutting edge". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Selvin, Paul (26 August 1990). "the secret code of 'proto-World'". The Day. pp. G7, G8. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 

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