HOFFMANN, Otto. Hannover 9.2.1865 — Münster 6.6.1940. German IE and Greek Linguist. Professor in Münster. Son of Otto Heinrich Karl H., a Prussian civil servant, and Johanna Schnelle, grew up in Hannover. From studied at Göttingen 1883 Ph.D. there 1888 (diss. on Greek dialects). PD 1889 Königsberg, ao. Professor there from 1896, but moved soon to Breslau. In 1907-09 ord. Professor of IE Linguistics at Breslau and 1909-35 at Münster. Also active in politics (DNVP) and sympathetic to Nazis. Married 1896 Anna Auguste Bertheau, one daughter.

Publications: habil. diss. Das Praesens der indogermanischen Grundsprache in seiner Flexion und Stamm­bildung. 145 p. Göttingen 1889.

articles on IE in BB 1892-1901; much on Greek.

Sources: G. Baader N.D.B. 9, 1972, 436; K.H. Meyer, Idg. Jb. 25, 1941 (1942), 385-390, with photo; bibliography by E. Schwentner, Idg. Jb. 20, 1936, 354-357; German Wikipedia with photo.


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