Holzer Georg

Corresponding members V. Department of Philological Sciences
Holzer Georg

Date of birth:

  • 1957

Place of birth:

  • Vienna


Holzer Georg

Corresponding members V. Department of Philological Sciences

Academic titles:

  • professor Doctor of Science

Membership in the Academy:

  • corresponding member – Department of Philological Sciences (25/29/2008 – …)

Georg Holzer, an Austrian Slavist, was born on March 9, 1957, in Vienna. After his education at St. Pölten, he studied at the University of Vienna: from 1975 Slavic Studies and since 1976 Indo-European studies. He received his Doctorate in Vienna in 1982 with the promotion of “sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae“. His teachers were František Václav Maresh, Radoslav Katičić and Manfred Mayrhofer. From 1980 to 1983 he worked as an Austrian proofreader for German at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Since 1983, he has been employed at the Slavic Institute at the University of Vienna. In 1989, he habilitated for Slavic linguistics. Since 1997, he has been working at the institute as an associate university professor. He trained in Zagreb, Wrocław, Ljubljana and Krakow. In addition to Vienna, he gave occasional so-called block lectures: Osnove poredbene lingvistike and  Od indoeuropskoga do hrvatskoga in Zagreb and in Zadar within the course Jezici i kulture u dodiru. He taught in Krakow, Münster, Jena, Leipzig, Klagenfurt, Berlin, Michigan, Ljubljana, Regensburg, Dresden, Helsinki…

Since 1996, he has been a member of the Balkan-Kommission der Österreichischen Akademie.  He was in the Editorial Board of the respected Wiener magazine Slavistischen Jahrbuch, and since 2003 he has been editor of the magazine. He was also elected to the Editorial Board of the journal Rocznik Slawistyczny and to the Editorial Board of the Rasprave Instituta za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovlje.

His notable and highly rated monographs:

  • Posuđenice iz dosad nepoznatih indoeuropskih jezika u praslavenskom i prabaltičkom, 1989.
  • Die Slaven im Erlaftal, 2000.
  • Rekonstruowanie języków niepoświadczonych, Kraków 2001.
  • Historische Grammatik des Kroatischen, 2007.

He published several works, among which the proceedings to his professors František Václav Maresh and Radoslav Katičić were noted.

In his scientific papers he deals with the Pre-Slavic voice laws, innovations after the Pre-Slavic and their chronologies, researched and recognized the Slavic continuum after slavic displacements, evaluated the toponyms of ancient origin with respect to Croatian voice development, wrote about the Slavic lexical substrate in Austria, about Slavic palatalizations in the light of the Croatian-Roman linguistic symbiosis, etc. He was the project manager of Die Sprache des mittelalterilichen Slaventums in Osterreich.

He was elected as a correspondent member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2008.