HJELMSLEV, Louis

HJELMSLEV, Louis. Copenhagen 3.10.1899 — Copenhagen 30.5.1965. Danish Linguist (Germanist and General Linguist). Studies at Copenhagen, Prague and Paris. PD of Sammenlignende Sprogvidenskab of at Aarhus University, then from 1937 Professor of the same at Copenhagen University, apparently until his death. He was a theoretician, leader of the Copenhagen school of structural linguistics. He emphasized logic and mathematics, derived his ideas from de Saussure, and called his theory Glossematics. He was a member of the editorial board of the C.P.D.

Publications: much on general linguistics, e.g. Omkring sprogteoriens grundlæggelse. 1943; English transl. Prolegomena to a Theory of Language. 1953, Russian 1960.

Sources: *E. Fischer-Jørgensen, Lex. gramm. 1996, 420f.; Wikipedia with further references.

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