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, 1974-78,1995-2002
- 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
- Indo-European Studies
- 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.
- 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.
Author of about 400 scholarly publications, including 20 books and/or monographs