John Bengtson

John Bengtson
Academic background
Academic work
Main interestsHistorical linguistics

John D. Bengtson (born 1948) is an American historical and anthropological linguist.[1] He is past president and currently vice-president of the Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory, and has served as editor (or co-editor) of the journal Mother Tongue (1996–2003, 2007-present).[2] Since 2001 he has been a member/researcher of Evolution of Human Languages[3] (An International Project on the Linguistic Prehistory of Humanity coordinated by the Santa Fe Institute). His areas of specialization include Scandinavian languages and linguistics, Indo-European linguistics, Dené–Caucasian (Sino-Caucasian) languages, and paleolinguistics (the study of human prehistory through linguistic evidence).[4]


  • Bengtson, John D. 1994. (with Merritt Ruhlen) Global Etymologies. In M. Ruhlen, On the Origin of Languages: Studies in Linguistic Taxonomy. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • 1994. Edward Sapir and the 'Sino-Dene' Hypothesis. Anthropological Science 102.3: 207-230.
  • 1995. (with Václav Blažek) Lexica Dene–Caucasica. Central Asiatic Journal 39.1: 11-50; 39.2: 161-164.
  • 1997. Ein Vergleich von Buruschaski und Nordkaukasisch. Georgica 20: 88-94.
  • 1998. Caucasian and Sino-Tibetan: A Hypothesis of S.A. Starostin. General Linguistics 36.1/2: 33-49.
  • 1999. Wider genetic affiliations of the Chinese language. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 27.1: 1-12.
  • 2000. (with Václav Blažek) Lexical Parallels Between Ainu and Austric, and Their Implications. Archiv Orientální 68: 237-258.
  • 2003. Notes on Basque Comparative Phonology. Mother Tongue 8: 21-39.
  • 2004. Some features of Dene–Caucasian phonology (with special reference to Basque). Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain 30.4: 33-54.
  • 2008. Materials for a Comparative Grammar of the Dene-Caucasian (Sino-Caucasian) Languages. In Aspects of Comparative Linguistics, v. 3., pp. 45–118. Moscow: RSUH Publishers.
  • 2008. (Ed.) In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory: Essays in the four fields of anthropology In honor Harold Crane Fleming. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2008. The Languages of Northern Eurasia: Inference to the Best Explanation. In In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory, J.D. Bengtson (ed.), pp. 241–262.
  • 2009. (with Václav Blažek) Ainu and Austric: Evidence of Genetic Relationship. Journal of Language Relationship 2: 1-24.
  • 2010. “Dene–Yeniseian” and the Rest of Dene–Caucasian: Part 3: The Burusho–Yeniseian (Karasuk) Hypothesis; Part 4: Burusho–Dene. In Working Papers in Athabaskan Languages (Alaska Native Language Center Working Papers No. 8), ed. by Siri Tuttle & Justin Spence, pp. 118. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center.
  • 2011. (with Václav Blažek) On the Burushaski–Indo–European hypothesis by I. Čašule. Journal of Language Relationship 6: 25-63.
  • 2011. (with Pierre J. Bancel & Alain Matthey de l’Etang) Back to Proto–Sapiens (Part 2). The Global Kinship Terms Papa, Mama and Kaka . In Kinship, Language, and Prehistory: Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies , Ed. by Doug Jones & Bojka Milicic, pp. 38–45. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
  • 2013. (with Harold C. Fleming, Stephen L. Zegura, James B. Harrod & Shomarka O.Y. Keita) The Early Dispersions of Homo sapiens and Proto–Human from Africa. Mother Tongue 18: 143-187.
  • 2015. (with George Starostin) The Dene–Sino–Caucasian hypothesis: state of the art and perspectives. Discussion draft posted on Academia.edu, 2015.
  • 2015. (with Pierre J. Bancel & Alain Matthey de l’Etang) A Universal Proto-Interjection System in Modern-Day Humans. Mother Tongue 20: 249-261.
  • 2016. (with Florent Dieterlen) Confirmation de l’ancienne extension des Basques par l’étude des dialectes de l’Europe de l’Ouest romane. [Confirmation of the former extension of the Basques from a study of the western Romance dialects of Europe.] Journal of Language Relationship 14/1: 1-27.
  • 2016. Iarl and Iormun-; Arya- and Aryaman- : A Study in Indo-European Comparative Mythology. Comparative Mythology 2.1: 33–67. (December 2016.)
  • 2017. Basque and its Closest Relatives: A New Paradigm. Cambridge, Mass.: Mother Tongue Press/Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory.
  • 2017. The Anthropological Context of Euskaro-Caucasian. Iran and the Caucasus 21.1: 75-91.
  • 2018. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Euskera? Romance Philology 72: 15-33.


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