Georgiy Sergeevich Starostin
4 July 1976
|Parent(s)||Sergei Anatolyevich Starostin|
|Main interests||Historical linguistics|
|Notable works||Tower of Babel project|
Georgiy Sergeevich "George" Starostin (Russian: ? ?; born 4 July 1976) 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.
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; and STARLING, a software package to aid comparative linguists.
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".
The Tower of Babel is an International Etymological Database Project coordinated by the Center of Comparative Linguistics of the Russian State University of 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.
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".
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.
Und Eric Pfeil schreibt im Rolling Stone weiterhin fleißig Poptagebuch, unter anderem empfiehlt er ganz ausdrücklich das Musikblog des russischen Linguisten George Starostin