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Václav Blažek

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Václav Blažek
Václav Blažek in Toruń, Poland (June 2015)
Born23 April 1959 (1959-04-23) (age 65)
Academic work
InstitutionsMasaryk University and University of West Bohemia
Main interestsHistorical linguistics

Václav Blažek (born 23 April 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. ISBN 9788021020702.
  • (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.