John D. Bengtson is a historical and anthropological linguist. He is a past
president and currently a vice-president of the Association for the Study of
Language in Prehistory, and has served as editor of the journal Mother
Tongue (1996-2003 and 2007-).
He is also a participant in the Evolution of Human Language Project,
sponsored by Murray Gell-Mann and the Santa Fe Institute.
His areas of specialization include:
- Scandinavian languages and linguistics
- Indo-European linguistics
- African languages
- Dene-Caucasian languages
- Austric languages
- Paleolinguistics (the study of prehistory through linguistic evidence).