- Frederik Kortlandt
Frederik Herman Henri (Frits) Kortlandt (
June 19 1946, Utrecht, The Netherlands) is a professor of descriptive and comparative linguisticsat Leiden University. He is an expert on Baltic and Slavic languages, the Indo-European languagesin general, and Proto-Indo-European, though he has also published studies of languages in many other language families. He has also studied ways to associate language families into super-groups such as Indo-Uralic.
Kortlandt, along with
George van Driemand a few other colleagues, is one of the proponents of the Leiden Schoolof linguistics, which describes language in terms of a memeor benign parasite.
Kortlandt holds five degrees from the
University of Amsterdam:
* B.A., 1967, Slavic Linguistics and Literature
* B.A., 1967,
* M.A., 1969, Slavic linguistics
* M.A., 1970, mathematical economics
* Ph.D., 1972,
Kortlandt is a member of the
Royal Dutch Academy of Sciencesand a Spinozapremielaureate. In 2007, he composed a version of Schleicher's fable, a story written in a hypothetical reconstruction Proto-Indo-European, which differs radically from all previous versions.
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