MASING, Ferdinand

MASING, Ferdinand. Osinovka, Govt. Saratov 14.7.1849 — St.Petersburg 8.6.1918. German (of Estonia) Student of IE Linguistics. Son of Ferdinand M. (1815–1887), minister in Osinovka, and Emilie Petsch (1821–1900). After gymnasium in Arensburg (now Kuressaare in Estonia) he studied philology at Dorpat in 1868-69. In 1869-74 teacher in Kronstadt and St.Petersburg. In 1874-77 studied comparative linguistics at Leipzig (under Leskien, also Curtius, Hübschmann, Osthoff, Brugman). Ph.D. 1878 Leipzig. In 1877-1915 schoolteacher (Oberlehrer) in St. Petersburg, first at St.Katharinen Kirchenschule, then at St.Annen Kirchenschule. Kais. russ. Staatsrat. Married with Olga Kraanhals (1861–?), one son. As linguist a Neogrammarian.

Publications: Diss. Das Verhältnis der griechischen Vokalabstufung zur sanskritischen. 101 p. St.P. 1878; “Lautgesetz und Analogie in der vergleichenden Sprachwissenschaft” Jahresbericht d. St. Annenschule. St.P. 1883, 1-54

Sources: No vita in diss.; Dt. Geschlechtbuch 79, 1933, 343; Album fratrum Rigensium. Hamburg 1981, nr. 663; diss. in Janert.

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