Born: 1940, Moscow, Russia
Immigrated to Israel: 1971
1956-58 Moscow State University, Faculty of Oriental Languages, Hindi language.
1964-66 Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, English.
1971-85 Tel Aviv University, General Linguistics (BA 1974), Semitic Linguistics
(BA 1974, MA 1976, PhD 1985).
Took part in numerous international congresses and conferences. Member
of the editorial board of Israel Oriental Studies.
Since 1973 teaches courses in general and Semitic linguistics at Tel Aviv
In 1990 Visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
In 1992 Visiting professor at Moscow State University, Institute of the
Countries of Asia and Africa, Department of Arabic.
In 1997 Visiting professor at SOAS, University of London, External Examiner
Since 1992 lectures on Hebrew in Kol Israel radio program in Russian (REKA).
Amharic, Ge'ez, Syriac, The Structure of Hindi, Introduction to Semitic
Linguistics (Phonology and Morphology), Phonetics, Problems in Semitic
Morphophonemics, Genetic and Typological Classification of Languages, Scripts
and Languages in the Near East, Introduction to Lexicography, Phonology
and Morphology of Modern Hebrew, Substrata of Modern Hebrew.
Fields of interest:
Comparative linguistics, etymology, lexicography, history of writing,
Nostratic linguistics, phonology and morphophonemics of Semitic languages,
the structure of Modern Hebrew, Indian, Dravidian, Sino-Tibetan and American
A Practical Grammar of Hebrew [in Russian]. Tel Aviv 1985.
A Small Hebrew-Amharic Vocabulary.Jerusalem 1985.
A Greek Tatar-English Glossary. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1985.
Historical Phonetics of Amharic. Tel Aviv 1991.
Hebrew-Russian Dictionary. Tel Aviv: Rolnik & Moscow: Russki
Russian-Hebrew Dictionary. Tel Aviv: Rolnik & Moscow: Russki
Edited some 30 books, translated into Russian and Hebrew.
Morphophonology of Amharic verb. In: Modern Ethiopia/L'Ethiopie moderne.
Rotterdam: Balkema, 1980.
Stress as a morphological factor in Modern Hebrew. Leshonenu 45,
Some problems in phonology and morphophonology of Amharic. In: Proceedings
of the 7th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. Addis Ababa
- Uppsala - East Lansing 1984.
Notes on the Urum (Greek Tatar) language. Rocznik Orientalistyczny
(Warsaw) 44/2, 1985.
Notes on the Urum language [revised version]. Mediterranean Language
Review 2, 1985.
The system of verbal stems in Amharic. Ethiopian Studies, Proceedings
of the 6th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. Rotterdam/Boston:
The schwa vowel in Amharic. Semitic Studies in Honor of Wolf Leslau,
vol. 2. Wiesbaden 1991.
The problem of word accent in Modern Hebrew. In: H.G. Mukarovsky (ed.),
of the 5th International Hamito-Semitic Congress, vol. 2. Wien 1991.
Mass immigration and its possible impact on the linguistic situation in
Israel. IOS 15. 1995.
Hebrew and Aramaic loanwords in Russian. Massorot 9-11, Jerusalem
I. Mel'chuk and B. Podolsky. Stress in Modern Hebrew nominal inflection.
Linguistics 22, 1/2, 1996.
Address: Dr. B. Podolsky, Dept. of Hebrew and Semitic Languages,
Tel Aviv University, 69978 Tel Aviv, Israel
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