Václav Blažek

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Václav Blažek
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Václav Blažek in Toruń, Poland (June 2015)
BornApril 23, 1959
Academic background
Academic work
InstitutionsMasaryk University and University of West Bohemia
Main interestsHistorical linguistics

Václav Blažek (born April 23, 1959 in Sokolov, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech historical linguist. He is a professor at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) and also teaches at the University of West Bohemia (Pilsen, Czech Republic).

His major interests include Indo-European languages, Uralic languages, Altaic languages, Afroasiatic (Hamito-Semitic) languages, Nostratic languages, Dené–Caucasian languages, and mathematical linguistics (lexicostatistics and glottochronology).

In his book Numerals, Blažek discusses words for numerals in several language families of Eurasia and Africa (Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Kartvelian, Egyptian, Berber, Nubian, and Saharan), with briefer discussions of numerals in other languages around the world.


  • "Lexica Nostratica: Addenda et Corrigenda I". Archiv Orientální. 57 (3): 201–210. 1989.
  • "Lexica Nostratica: Addenda et Corrigenda II". Archiv Orientální. 58 (3): 205–218. 1990.
  • (with John D. Bengtson) (1995). "Lexica Dene–Caucasica". Central Asiatic Journal. 39 (1): 11–50.
  • (with John D. Bengtson) (1995). "Lexica Dene–Caucasica". Central Asiatic Journal. 39 (2): 161–164.
  • Numerals: Comparative-etymological analyses of numerical systems and their implications. Brno: Masarykova Univerzita. 1999.
  • (with John D. Bengtson) (2000). "Lexical Parallels Between Ainu and Austric, and Their Implications". Archiv Orientální. 68: 237–258.
  • "Lexica Nostratica Addenda". Mother Tongue (8): 11–22. 2003.
  • "On the internal classification of Indo-European languages: survey" (PDF). 2005.

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