GEBAUER, Jan

GEBAUER, Jan. Úbislavice (Auslauf) near Nová Paka 8.10.1838 — Prague 25.5.1907. Czech Slavic and IE Linguist. Professor of Slavic Philology at Charles University in Prague. Born in a poor family in a small village, sent by local vicar to high school in Jičin. At university soon switched from theology to philology. Ph.D. 1872 Prague. From 1873 PD for Czech language, from 1874 for Slavic Philology at Prague, then from 1880 ao. Professor and from 1881 ord. for Slavic languages there. Married, father of the authoress Marie Gebauerová (1869-1928). He was mainly a specialist of Old Czech and Czech dialectology. As a student he had also been interested in Sanskrit and published some translations from the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata.

Publications: Historická mluvnice jazyka českého. 1-4. 1894-1909 & 1929 (Historical grammar).

Slovík staročeský. 1-2. 1903-13 (incomplete).

translated: “Nářek rodičů nad mrtvolou Jadžňadattovou”, Květy 1868:28; “Roztlučeny džbán”, Květy 1868:35; “Na smrt choti”, Květy 1868:48; “Chytrý šakal”, Květy 1869:10; “Sund a Upasund”, Květy 1869:28-30.

autobiography, edited by Marie Gebauerová. 1908.

Sources: *A. Bluszcz, Lex. gramm. 1996, 330f.; *Listy filologické 34, 1907, 161f.; Ö.B.L. 1; Biogr. Lex. zur Geschichte der böhmischen Länder 1, Wien 1979; Wikipedia with photo (more in Czech version).

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