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Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov
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Vyacheslav Ivanov at the 6 Moscow International Book Festival, 2011
Born 21 August 1929
Died 7 October 2017(2017-10-07) (aged 88)
Occupation Linguist

Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov (21 August 19297 October 2017) was a Soviet/Russian historical linguist. His main topic of study is Indo-European languages.


He is best known for his glottalic theory of how consonants are spoken in Indo-European languages and for placing point of origin for these languages in the area of the Armenian Highlands and Lake Urmia. He was born in Moscow.

Vyacheslav Ivanov's father was Vsevolod Ivanov, one of the most famous Soviet writers. His mother was an actress. She worked in the theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold. His childhood was filled by disease and war, which he spent in Tashkent.

Ivanov died in Moscow on 7 October 2017 at the age of 88.

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