Vitaly Shevoroshkin

Vitaly Victorovich Shevoroshkin (Russian: Виталий Викторович Шеворошкин) is an American linguist of Russian origin, specializing in the study of ancient Mediterranean languages. Shevoroshkin was born in 1932 in Georgia (USSR).[1] In the 1960s he tried to decipher Carian inscriptions and proved that their language belonged to Anatolian languages. In the 1970s he emigrated to the United States. He is now a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Linguistics at the University of Michigan.

Shevoroshkin is also a leader in the study of language in prehistory (paleolinguistics), and in publicizing the recent work of paleolinguists, especially Russians. In 1988 he and Benjamin Stolz organized the First International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Language and Prehistory, at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. Forty-six scholars participated as presenters and discussants, sixteen of which were from Russia and other eastern European countries (or recently emigrated therefrom). This symposium led to renewed cooperation among historical linguists, archeologists, and physical anthropologists from East and West.

Some of his work on remote linguistic relationship relationships and the hypothetical Proto-World language is controversial.


  1. Vitaly Shevoroshkin 2008. On The Origin of Salish, Wakashnan, and North Caucasian Languages. Int. J. Mod. Anthrop. 1 : 1-121 (2008)



SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. & M. KAISER. 1985. "On Indo-European Laryngeals and Vowels." Journal of Indo-European Studies 13/3-4: 377-413.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. 1987. "Indo-European Homeland and Migrations." Folia Linguistica Historica 7/2: 227-250.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. & M. KAISER. 1987. "On Recent Comparisons Between Language Families: The Case of Indo-European and Afroasiatic." General Linguistics 27/1: 34-46.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. & M. KAISER. 1988. "Nostratic." Annual Review of Anthropology 17: 309-329.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. 1989. "Methods in Interphyletic Comparisons." Ural-Altaische Jahrbücher 61: 1-26.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. 1990a. "Uralic Vocalism and Long-Range Comparison." Uralo-Indogermanica 2: 85-94.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. 1990b. "The Mother Tongue: How Linguists Have Reconstructed the Ancestor of All Living Languages." The Sciences 30/3: 20-27.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. & A. MANASTER RAMER. 1991. "Some Recent Work on the Remote Relations of Languages." In Sprung from Some Common Source: Investigations into the Prehistory of Languages, Ed. by S.M. Lamb & E. D. Mitchell., pp. 178–199. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. 2003. "Salishan and North Caucasian." Mother Tongue 8: 39–64.

SHEVOROSHKIN, V.V. 2004. "Proto-Salishan and Proto-North-Caucasian Consonants: a few cognate sets." in Nostratic Centennial Conference: the Pécs Papers, Ed. by. I. Hegedűs & P. Sidwell, pp. 181–191. Pécs: Lingua Franca Group.

External links

V.Shevoroshkin's personal page at the University of Michigan website

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