Jonas Kazlauskas (linguist)

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Jonas Kazlauskas (1 August 1930 in Matiešionys – 7 October 1970 in Vilnius) was a Lithuanian linguist, expert on the Baltic languages.[1]

In 1954, he graduated from the University of Vilnius. He was the dean of the Humanities faculty at University of Vilnius. He was one of the founders of the journal, Baltistica.[2]

He died in mysterious circumstances, his body found in the Neris River. It is rumoured that the KGB tried to recruit him, and he refused, leading him to be killed.[2]


  1. ^ Schmalstieg, William R. (Spring 1972). "Jonas Kazlauskas' Contribution to Lithuanian Linguistics". Lituanus. 18 (1). ISSN 0024-5089. 
  2. ^ a b Zaikauskas, Vitalijus (Spring 1991). "The Riddle of Prof. J. Kazlauskas' Death". Lituanus. 37 (1). ISSN 0024-5089.