GABELENTZ, Hans Georg Conon von der. Poschwitz bei Altenburg (Thüringen) 16.3.1840 — Lemnitz (Thüringen) 11.12.1893. German Sinologist. Son of —> H. C. v. d. G. After gymnasium in Altenburg studied law at Jena (or Halle, also lin­guistics). He worked from 1864 as an assistant judge in Dresden, but also continued his studies and completed Ph.D. at Leipzig in 1876 with Sinological dissertation, From 1878 ao. Professor für ostasiatische Sprachen at Leipzig, being the very first Professor of East Asian languages in Germany. From 1882 ord. honor. Professor. In 1889 he moved to Berlin, where his official title was Professor für vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft. From 1889 member of Prussian A.W. Married 1872 Alexandra von Rotkirch (1854–1925), divorced, two sons, 1891 Gertrud von Adelebsen (née von Oldershausen, 1858–1904), one son.

GvdG was a many-sided philologist, especially interested in Chinese, Japanese, Manchu and Malayo-Polynesian. He wrote the first Chinese grammar freed from the Latin pattern.

Publications: King Ping Mei. Traduit du Mandchou. 1879; and much more about Manchu and Chinese, etc.

Chinesische Grammatik. 552 p. Lp. 1881.

– “Einiges über die Sprachen der Nicobaren-Inseln”, BVSGW 37, 1885, 296-307.

– “Kolarische Sprachen”, Ersch und Grubers Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste II Serie, 84, 1885, 104-108; “Kuki. Volk und Sprache”, Ibid. II:38, 1885,

Die Sprachwissenschaft, ihre Aufgaben, Methoden und bisherigen Ergebnisse. Lp. 1891, 2nd ed. 21+520 p. Lp. 1901.

Sources: W. Böttger, N.D.B. 6, 1964, 3; *D. Cherubim, Lex. gramm. 1996, 320f.; *E. Erkes, WZLeipzig 1953-54:4, 386-392; W. Grube, A.D.B. 50, 1905, 548-555; *Chr. Leibfried, Sinologie an der Universität Leipzig. Lp. 2003, 25-50; *G. Schlegel, TP 5, 1894, 75-78; Stache-Weiske 2017, 521; M. Taube, WZLeipzig 1979:1, 34-39 with photo; JRAS 1894, 166; Wikipedia (more in German version, also photo, bibliography and further references).