Born: 13 December 1925, in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland).
Deceased: 30 April 2002, in Los Angeles, CA.
- 1927-39 Warsaw, Poland;
- 1939-61 Stockholm, Sweden;
- 1961-2002--Los Angeles, California.
- Cand Phil. (in Slavic Philology, Germanic Philology, Comparative Literature) 1949;
- Mag. Phil. (same subjects plus Scandinavian Philology) 1952;
- Lic. Phil.
- D. Litt. (in Slavic Philology) 1958--all degrees earned at Stockholm University, Sweden. Studied with, among others, Max Vasmer (Slavic Philology), Peeter Arumaa (Slavic and Baltic Linguistics), Roman Jakobson (postdoctoral, Slavic and General Linguistics).
- Docent (=Assistant Professor) and Acting Professor in Slavic Philology, Stockholm University, 1958-61;
- Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University, 1960;
- Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA, 1961- 64;
- Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures UCLA., 1964-94;
- Professor Emeritus since 1994;
- Professor, Slavic, Balkan, and Baltic Languages, University of Munich, 1972-73 (during leave of absence from UCLA).
- Consultant, Linguistic Project, The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 1962-65;
- Department Chair, 1964-68, 1989-92;
- Director, Russian and East European Studies Center, UCLA, 1968- 78;
- Member, Executive Committee, Inter-University Center for Postgraduate Studies, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia/Croatia, 1974-78,1995-;
- Chair, Academic Board and Recurrent Faculty Professor, Medieval Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest, 1992-2002
Honors and Awards
Guggenheim Fellow (1964/65);
Corresponding Member, Swedish Royal Academy of Letters (since 1981); Corresponding Member, Yugoslav/Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (since 1986);
Foreign Member, Polish Academy of Sciences (since 1988);
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1992);
UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer (1985);
Honorary Member, Phi Beta Kappa (1985);
Doctor h. c., Nifont-Rilsky-University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 1995.
Member of several professional societies and associations; Editor/Member, Editorial Board of a number of professional journals.
Main Scholarly Interests
Slavic, Baltic, and Balkan Linguistics;
Theoretical and Typological Linguistics;
Medieval Slavic Civilization;
Modern Russian Literature .
Untersuchungen zu den Zukunftsumschreibungen mit dem Infinitiv im Altkirchenslavischen. Ein Beitrag zur historischen Verbalsyntax des Slavischen, Stockholm, 1958.
Author of about 400 scholarly publications, including 20 books and/or monographs .
Slaverna och deras grannfolk. En kort orientering [The Slavs and Their Neighbors. A Short Orientation], Uppsala, 1961.
Studies on Predication in Russian I, Santa Monica, CA, 1964.
Studies on Predication in Russian II, Santa Monica, CA, 1965.
Problems of Typological and Genetic Linguistics Viewed in a Generative Framework, The Hague, 1970.
On Medieval and Renaissance Slavic Writing. Selected Essays, The Hague, 1974.
Common Slavic: Progress and Problems in its Reconstruction, Cambridge, MA, 1975, 21979.
Doktor Faustus und Doktor Schiwago. Versuch ueber zwei Zeitromane aus Exilsicht, Lisse, 1976.
Linguistic Reconstruction: Its Potentials and Limitations in a New Perspective, Washington, D.C., 1977.
Lord Novgorod the Great: Essays in the History and Culture of a Medieval City-State. Part One: The Historical Background, Columbus, OH, 1981.
Essays in Early Slavic Civilization / Studien zur Fruehkultur der Slaven, Munich, 1981.
Recent Advances in the Reconstruction of Common Slavic (1971-1982) [jointly with P.T. Merrill], Columbus, OH, 1984.
Lord Novgorod the Great: Sociopolitical Experiment and Cultural Achievement, Los Angeles, 1985.
Praslavianskii iazyk. Dostizhenia i problemy v ego rekonstruktsii, Moscow, 1987.
Novgorod and Dubrovnik: Two Slavic City Republics and Their Civlization, Zagreb, 1989.
Aspects of the Slavic Middle Ages and Slavic Renaissance Culture, New York, 1992.
Novgorod in Focus, Columbus, OH, 1996.