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Biography[ edit ] At the Moscow State University he studied theoretical linguistics and structural linguistics He defended his Ph. In the period — he also taught historical linguistics at Moscow State University. After his emigration to Israel he continued to teach at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Later he relocated to the Tel-Aviv University , where he taught in the Department of Classical Studies in the period of —97, on comparative linguistics, mythology and folklore, history and philosophy.
In he worked at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem when he was dedicated to the biblical studies, and the following two years acting as a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford. The last two years in Israel —99 he spent at Bar-Ilan University. Afterward he went to Calgary in Canada , where he started to work at Zi Corporation as a director of research and language teaching — After a brief activity at the Princeton University in New Jersey —02 , where he worked in the department of testing services, he started to work at the universities in Alberta , Canada, specifically Athabasca University since , Mount Royal College since , University of Calgary since , University of Lethbridge — There he lectured on comparative linguistics, Biblical Studies, as well as on also business English , English literature , creative writing, etc.
He has left behind about articles and over two dozen reviews. Above all, however, are 6 monographs, four of which are etymological dictionaries with the unassuming titles such as Handbook of Germanic etymology actually hiding a full etymological dictionary.
Finally, the 3rd part of his Russian etymological dictionary which was already termed as "new Vasmer " was unfinished due to his premature death. His Albanian Etymological Dictionary is a particularly useful overview of existing etymologies, and it well complements his A Concise Historical Grammar of Albanian He also took interest in Semitic languages , Hebrew in the first place, and more broadly in Afroasiatic languages as a whole, where lie his most controversial results.
Through collaboration with Olga Stolbova he published Hamito-Semitic Etymological Dictionary which on one hand brought a number of interesting and new sub-lexical comparison, especially Semitic-Chadic. On the other hand, the value of the benefits of reduced transcriptions used and inaccurate translations, absence of primary sources for non-written languages, and especially countless pseudo-reconstructions formulated ad hoc often on two or even a single word were seriously frowned upon by specialists, who also pointed out other serious errors in the work especially in Cushitic material, as well as not neglecting the massive amount of Arabic loanwords in Berber languages.
Leiden: Brill, pp. The Language of Phrygians. Ann Arbor: Caravan Books, pp. Albanian Etymological Dictionary. A Concise Historical Grammar of Albanian. Handbook of Germanic Etymology. Russian Etymological Dictionary.
Vitaly Shevoroshkin. Calgary: Octavia, pp. Cindy Drover-Davidson. Calgary: Theophania Publishing, pp.
Hamito-Semitic etymological dictionary