- Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov
Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov (born 21 August 1929,
Moscow) is a prominent Soviet/ Russian philologistand Indo-Europeanist probably best known for his glottalic theoryof Indo-European consonantism and for placing the Indo-European urheimatin the area of the Armenian Highlands and Lake Urmia.
Vyacheslav Ivanov's father was
Vsevolod Ivanov, one of the most prominent Soviet writers. His mother was an actress who worked in the theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold. His childhood was clouded by disease and war, which he spent in Tashkentevacuation.
Ivanov was educated at the
Moscow Universityand worked there until 1958, when he was fired on account of his sympathy with Boris Pasternakand Roman Jacobson. By that time, he had made some important contributions to Indo-European studiesand became one of the leading authorities on Hittite language.
During the early 1960s, Ivanov was one of the first Soviet scholars to take a keen interest in and develop
semiotics. He worked with Vladimir Toporovon several linguistic monographs, including an outline of Sanskrit. In 1962 he joined Toporov and Juri Lotmanin establishing the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School.
In the 1980s Ivanov worked with
Tamaz Gamkrelidzeon a new theory of Indo-European migrations, which was most recently advocated by them in "Indo-European and Indo-Europeans" (1995). He led the All-Union Library of Foreign Literature between 1989 and 1993 and held a seat in the Supreme Soviet. Simultaneously, he established the Institute of World Culture and held a chair in Theory and History of World Culture at the Moscow University.
Since the late 1990s Ivanov shares his time between
Moscowand Los Angeles, where he delivers courses at University of California. He also worked as a professor in Stanford Universityand Yale University.
Apart from his scholarly pursuits, Ivanov writes poetry. He also published several books of memoirs, including two on his acquaintance with
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* Vyacheslav V. Ivanov and Thomas Gamkrelidze, The Early History of Indo-European Languages, Scientific American, vol. 262, N3, 110-116, March, 1990.
* Gamkrelidze, Tamaz V.; Vjacheslav V. Ivanov (1995). Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans. Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-014728-9.
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