Georgiy Starostin

Georgiy Sergeevich "George" Starostin (Russian: Гео́ргий Серге́евич Ста́ростин; born 4 July 1976)[1] is a Russian linguist. He is the son of the late historical linguist Sergei Anatolyevich Starostin (1953–2005), and his work largely continues his father's. He is also known as a self-published music reviewer, author of the Only Solitaire Blog.[2][3]

Georgiy Starostin
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Georgiy Sergeevich Starostin
Гео́ргий Серге́евич Ста́ростин

(1976-07-04) 4 July 1976 (age 44)
Parent(s)Sergei Anatolyevich Starostin
Academic background
Academic work
Main interestsHistorical linguistics
Notable worksTower of Babel project


Starostin focuses almost exclusively on maintaining the following of his father's projects: the Evolution of Human Languages project; The Tower of Babel, a publicly searchable online database containing information about many Eurasia's language families;[4][5] and STARLING, a software package to aid comparative linguists.[6][7]

Evolution of Human LanguagesEdit

Khoisan tribesman

The Evolution of Human Languages (EHL) is an international project-of which Starostin inherited his father's membership-on "the linguistic prehistory of humanity" coordinated by the Santa Fe Institute. The project distinguishes about 6000 languages spoken in the world nowadays, and aims to provide a detailed classification similar to the accepted classification of biological species.

Their idea is that "all representatives of the species Homo sapiens presumably share a common origin, [so] it would be natural to suppose - although this is a goal yet to be achieved - that all human languages also go back to some common source. Most existing classifications, however, do not go beyond some 300-400 language families that are relatively easy to discern. This restriction has natural reasons: languages must have been spoken and constantly evolving for at least 40,000 years (and quite probably more), while any two languages separated from a common source inevitably lose almost all superficially common features after some 6,000-7,000 years".[8]

Tower of Babel projectEdit

The Tower of Babel is an International Etymological Database Project coordinated by the Center of Comparative Linguistics of the Russian State University for the Humanities. The project aims to "join efforts in the research of long range connections between established language families of the world. The Internet is used to combine these attempts and to build up a commonly accessible database of roots, or etyma reconstructed for the World's major (and minor) linguistic stocks." Starostin's role specifically is for hosting the website.[9]

Starling database programEdit

The Starling database program is part of his father's Tower of Babel project. This software program aims to support "various types of linguistic text and database processing, including handling of linguistic fonts in the DOS and WINDOWS operating systems, operations with linguistic databases and Internet presentation of linguistic data".[10]


  1. ^ Introduction: Stuff About Me
  2. ^ Pfeil, Eric (23 September 2014). "Eric Pfeils Pop-Tagebuch: Bruce Low schrieb nie ein Lied über mich". Rolling Stone (in German). Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Der einzige Mensch, dessen schreiberisches Schaffen in den Weiten der Digitalität ich verfolge, ist George Starostin. Starostin heißt eigentlich Georgiy Sergeevich und wirkt, wenn er nicht gerade Musik rezensiert, als russischer Linguist.
  3. ^ "Efeu - Die Kulturrundschau". Spiegel Online (in German). 25 September 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Und Eric Pfeil schreibt im Rolling Stone weiterhin fleißig Poptagebuch, unter anderem empfiehlt er ganz ausdrücklich das Musikblog des russischen Linguisten George Starostin
  4. ^ The Tower of Babel: Evolution of Human Languages Project, at Tower of Babel site
  5. ^ The Tower of Babel: Evolution of Human Languages Main Page at Santa Fe Institute
  6. ^ FAQs of The Tower of Babel project at
  7. ^ The STARLING Database Program at Tower of Babel site
  8. ^ "Evolution of Human Languages - An Introduction" at, retrieved 25 October 2007. New link, see here. Accessed Oct 27, 2009.
  9. ^ The Tower of Babel project. at, retrieved 25 October 2007.
  10. ^ STARLING project at, retrieved 25 October 2007.

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