WRIGHT, Joseph

WRIGHT, Joseph. Idle near Bradford, Yorkshire31.10.1855 — 27.2.1930. British Linguist. Son of Dufton Wright, a woollen cloth weaver and quarryman, and Sarah Ann Atkinson. Working from childhood he started night-school in late teens, concebtraing on languages, and in 1876 went with his modest savings to Heidelberg University. Back in Yorkshire he worked as teacher and continued studies at Yorkshire College of Science. Back in Heidelberg Ph.D. 1885 (under Osthoff). Now became Lecturer at Oxford, under Max Müller, 1891-1901 Deputy Professor. In 1901-25 Professor of Comparative Philology at Oxford (Corpus Christi). In his research he mainly concentrated on English dialectology. In 1896 married Elizabeth Mary Lea, who then participated in his work, two children died both young. Among his students was J. R. R. Tolkien.

Publications: Diss. Qualitative and Quantitative Changes of the Indo-Germanic Vowel System in Greek. 1885.

Wrote about English dialects.

Sources: *M. L. Wright, The Life of Joseph Wright. Oxford 1932 (by his widow); Wikipedia with photo.

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