NIEDERMANN, Max. Winterthur 19.5.1874 — Neuchâtel 12.1.1954. Swiss Linguist (Classical and IE). Son of a merchant, educated in Winterthur. Studies at Zürich and Basel, Ph.D. 1897 Basel. From 1899 PD of Comparative Linguistics, esp. Latin, at Basel, 1903 PD at Neuchâtel, 1905 ao. Professor there, 1909 at Basel. In 1900-06 also teacher at gymnasium in La Chaux-de-Fonds. From 1911 ord. Professor für vergleichende Sprach­wissenschaft und Sanskrit at Basel, from 1925 Professeur de langue et littérature latines et de linguistique at Neuchâtel (where he already had taught linguistics in 1909–25). In 1944 emeritus, but continued teaching as Honorarprofessor. Hon. dr. Riga (1929), Geneva (1944) and Besançon (1947). The two sources disagree, whether he left Basel in 1925 or continued teaching also there.

Publications: Diss. ĕ und ĭ im Lateinischen. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des lateinischen Vokalismus. 8+126 p. Darmstadt 1897.

Historische Lautlehre des Lateinischen. 17+214 p. Heidelberg 1907, 3rd ed. 1953, also in French.

Other studies on Latin, also a few on Lithuanian.

Sources: Brief account and photo in Basel University Web pages; German Wikipedia.

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