Václav Blažek

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Prof. Václav Blažek in Toruń, Poland (June 2015)

Václav Blažek (born April 23, 1959 in Sokolov, Czechoslovakia) is a 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.