JOKI, Aulis Johannes

JOKI, Aulis Johannes. Viipuri 2.6.1913 — Helsinki 8.2.1989. Finnish Linguist, specialist of Uralic Languages. Professor in Helsinki. Son of carpenter Johan Joki and Amanda Toivonen. After matriculation from Tampere 1933 studies at Helsinki (M.A. 1938). In 1946-47 Assistant at Östasiatiska Museet in Stockholm, where also studied Chinese. Lic.phil. 1952 and Ph.D. 1953 (diss. on Samoyed). In 1951-57 Lecturer of Finnish at Stockholm University. From 1957 Docent and in 1965-77 Professor of Comparative Finno-Ugric Linguistics at Helsinki University. In 1959-60 Visiting Professor at Göttingen. Married 1940 Eva Suojanen, one daughter. Knew also Chinese and Altaic languages.

Publications: Much on Uralic linguistics and Siberian languages, edited K. Donner’s unpublished collections, participated in work of the Finnish Etymological Dictionary.

– “Kristfried Gananderin mustalaistutkielma”, Virittäjä 60, 1956, 1-27 (on an 18th century gypsy study); “Finnischugrisches im Ossetischen?”, Fs. Paavo Ravila. MSFOu 125. Helsinki 1962, 147-170.

Short critical articles on Uralo-Dravidian hypothesis.

Uralier und Indogermanen: die älteren Berührungen zwischen den uralischen und indogermanischen Sprachen. 27+419 p. MSFOu 151. Helsinki 1973.

Translated into Finnish the travels of Marco Polo (Marco Polon matkat. 1957), of M. A. Castrén (Tutkimusmatkoilla Pohjolassa. 1953), and of A. J. Sjögren (Tutkijan tieni. 1955).

Sources: J. Janhunen, Kansallisbiografia 4, 2004, 461f.; Helsingin yliopisto. Opettajat ja virkamiehet 1939–1968. 1977; Helsingin Sanomat 18.2.1989; Finnish Wikipedia; personal knowledge.

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