MANSION, Joseph. Ghent 9.1.1877 — Liège 8.11.1937. Belgian Linguist. Professor in Liège. Son of the mathematician Paul M. (1844–1919). After school in Gand he studied in 1894-99 classical philology and law at Université de Gand where he also learnt Sanskrit under La Vallée Poussin. Ph.D. 1899 or 1904 in classical philology. From 1904 chargé de cours at Université de Liège, from 1910 eo. and from 1919 ord. Professor there. He taught comparative Germanic and history of German and English languages from 1904, Gothic from 1905, Flemish from 1919 and Sanskrit in 1908-29 (in this succeeded by Fohalle). He was known as a scholar of Greek, Sanskrit, Indo-European and Germanic. Married, father of Suzanne M. (1916–1981), a scholar of Aristotle.
Publications: diss. Les Gutturales grecques. publ. 1904; other works on IE, Germanic, Flemish etc.
– Esquisse d’une histoire de la langue sanscrite. 198 p. P. 1931.
– “Quelques passages de Patañjali au point de vue de l’histoire du sanscrit”, Donum natal. Schrijnen 1929, 381-384; “Le sanskrit védique, langue morte”, Mél. de philol. orientale. Liège 1932, 135ff.
Sources: A. Van Loey, Biogr. nat. Belg. 30 (Suppl. 2), 1959, 536-540; French Wikipédia.
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