Researcher in the area of etymology for the projects the Dictionary of Newer Standard Slovene Words (Slovar novejšega besedja) and the New Dictionary of Slovene language (Novi slovar slovenskega jezika)

Research interests

Dr. Simona Klemenčič’s research focuses on etymology; the role of comparative linguistics from a historical perspective; Indo-European dialectology (i.e. subdivision of the Indo-European linguistic space, correspondences among Indo-European languages, prehistoric migrations); Indo-European terms from the Indo-European word pool which provide assistance in discovering the material and spiritual history of Indo-European people; Nostratic linguistics, particularly the Indo-Ural theory; and constructed languages such as Esperanto.

Selected publications

KLEMENČIČ, Simona. Pregled indoevropskih jezikov. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2011, 168 pp.

KLEMENČIČ, Simona. On the methodology of dialectology of language families : determining the existence of a dialect areal. In OŽBOT, Martina (ed.). Demetrio Skubic octogenario, Linguistica, 48; 49; 50. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2008–2010, 2010, Issue 50/3, pp. 249–267.

KLEMENČIČ, Simona. Mesto antičnih balkanskih jezikov znotraj delitve na kentumske in satemske jezike. Slavistična revija 56/1 (2008), pp. 35–50.

BEZLAJ, France, SNOJ, Marko, KLEMENČIČ, Simona, Etimološki slovar slovenskega jezika Peta knjiga: Kazala. Ljubljana, 2007, VIII + 771 pp.

KLEMENČIČ, Simona. Kentumski in satemski jeziki – sodobni pogledi na staro delitev. Slavistična revija 55/3 (2007), pp. 547–557.

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Curriculum Vitae

Born: in 1972 in Celje.

She studied comparative Slavic and comparative Indo-European linguistics. During her studies, she was also a student and later a lecturer for Slovene in the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

2005: completed PhD Studies.

Since November 2000: employed (tenure) in the Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language, ZRC SAZU.

She also works as Assistant (Tutor) in the Department of Comparative and General Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, where she teaches the following courses: “Survey of Indo-European languages”; “Indo-European cultural antiquity”; “Esperanto”; and tutors in the course “Historical phonetics of Indo-European languages”.

Since 2010: Head of the Slovene team at the International Linguistics Olympiad.


Research areas

Linguistics H350 • Lexicology H353 • History of language H355 • Comparative linguistics H380 • Baltic and Slavonic languages and literatures H590 


etymology • comparative linguistics • Slovene • Slavic languages • methodology of comparative linguistics • Indo-Ural theory