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Robert S. P. Beekes
Born Robert Stephen Paul Beekes
(1937-09-02)September 2, 1937
Died September 21, 2017(2017-09-21) (aged 80)
Nationality Dutch
Education Ph.D., 1969
Known for Contributions to "Indo-European studies
Reconstructing "Pre-Greek "phonology
"Indo-European Etymological Dictionary
Etymological Dictionary of Greek
Scientific career
Fields "Indo-European linguistics
Institutions "Leiden University

Robert Stephen Paul Beekes (Dutch: "[ˈbeːkəs]; 2 September 1937 – 21 September 2017)[1] was Emeritus Professor of Comparative "Indo-European Linguistics at "Leiden University and the author of many monographs on the "Proto-Indo-European language.


Scholarly work[edit]

One of his most well-known books is Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction, a standard handbook on Proto-Indo-European that treats the area of linguistic reconstruction thoroughly but also features cultural reconstruction and comparative linguistic methods in general.

Beekes was also a co-author, with "L. Bouke van der Meer, of De Etrusken spreken (1991). He advocated the "Asia Minor theory to explain the Etruscans' origin.[2] In 1993, he was elected member of the "Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[3]

He also did work on "Pre-Greek, the (non-Indo-European) language that was spoken in "Greece before "Greek, possibly around 2000 BC. Since this language was not written, Beekes got his information from some words in "Classical Greek that clearly show a non-Greek structure and development.[4]

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  1. ^ "NRC Handelsblad, 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ The Origin of the Etruscans
  3. ^ "R.S.P. Beekes". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Pre-Greek: The Pre-Greek loans in Greek Archived 2014-05-02 at the "Wayback Machine.
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