Allan R. Bomhard

Allan R. Bomhard (born 1943) is an American linguist.

Allan R. Bomhard
Academic background
Academic work
Main interestsLong-range comparative linguistics, Nostratic languages

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was educated at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hunter College, and the City University of New York, and served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. He currently resides in Florence, South Carolina. He has studied the controversial hypotheses about the underlying unity among the proposed Nostratic and Eurasiatic language families.


  • Toward Proto-Nostratic: A New Approach to the Comparison of Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Afroasiatic. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1984.
  • Indo-European and the Nostratic Hypothesis. Charleston: SIGNUM Desktop Publishing, 1996.[1]
  • Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic: Comparative Phonology, Morphology, and Vocabulary. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 2 vols, 2008
  • The Nostratic Hypothesis in 2011: Trends and Issues. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man, 2011.
  • An Introductory Grammar of the Pali Language. Charleston: Charleston Buddhist Fellowship, 2012

with John C. Kerns:

  • The Nostratic Macrofamily: A Study in Distant Linguistic Relationship. Berlin, New York, NY, and Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter, 1994.[2]

See also


  1. ^ McCall, Daniel F. (1997). "Rev. of Bomhard, Indo-European and the Nostratic Hypothesis". International Journal of African Historical Studies. 30 (2): 473–76. doi:10.2307/221291. JSTOR 221291.
  2. ^ Orel, Vladimir (1996). "Rev. of Bomhard and Kerns, The Nostratic Macrofamily". Anthropological Linguistics. 38 (1): 155–58. JSTOR 30028451.