JOKI, Aulis Johannes. Viipuri 2.6.1913 — Helsinki 8.2.1989. Finnish Linguist, specialist of Finno-Ugric. Professor in Helsinki. After matriculation from Tampere 1933 studies at Helsinki (M.A. 1938). In 1946-47 Assistant at Östasiatiska Museet in Stockholm, where studied Chinese. 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. 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Publications: much on Uralic linguistics and Siberian languages, edited K. Donner’s unpublished collections, participated in work of the Finnish Etymological Dictionary.
– Uralier und Indogermaner. MSFOu 151. Helsinki 1973.
– translated into Finnish the travels of Marco Polo (1957), M. A. Castrén, and A. J. Sjögren.
Sources: Helsingin yliopisto. Opettajat ja virkamiehet 1939–1968. 1977; Helsingin Sanomat 18.2.1989; personal knowledge.
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