NEHRING, Alfons

NEHRING, Alfons. Bischwitz bei Trebnitz, Niederschlesien (now Biskupice-Oławskie near Trebnica in Poland) 12.8.1890 — Würzburg 9.12.1967. German IE Scholar. Professor in Würzburg, in 1938-52 in the U.S.A. Son of Nicolaus N., a trader, and Paula Riesenfeld. Studies at Breslau and Berlin, Ph.D. 1915 under O. Schrader at Breslau. From 1923 PD at Breslau, also taught at local gymnasium. From 1929 ao. there and from 1930 ord. Professor at Würzburg, in 1933-38 in forced retirement on racial grounds (mother’s Jewish background). In 1938 emigrated to the U.S.A., from 1938 Associate Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1943 same at Graduate School, Fordham University, New York. From 1952 again ord. Professor of Indogermanistik at Würzburg. Emeritus 1958. Married 1929 Helene Cramer, no children.

Publications: Diss. partly publ. as Seele und Seelenkult bei Griechen, Italikern und Germanen. 29 p. Breslau 1917.

Edited the 2nd edition of E. Schrader’s Reallexikon idg. Altertumskunde. 1-2. 1917-29, then known as “Schrader–Nehring”.

Die Problematik der Indogermanenforschung. 24 p. Würzburger Universitätsreden 17. Würzb. 1954.

Further works, also wrote on general linguistics, e.g. Sprachzeichen und Sprechakte. 227 p. Heidelberg 1963.

Sources: *M. Mayrhofer, Die Sprache 6, 1960, 103f.; R. Schmitt, N.D.B. 19, 1999, 40; D.G.K. 1950 & 1954; German Wikipedia.

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