UHLENBECK, Christianus Cornelius

UHLENBECK, Christianus Cornelius. Voorburg 18.10.1866 — Lugano, Switzerland 12.8.1951 (or 1959?). Dutch Linguist and IE Scholar. Professor in Leiden. Studied Dutch Literature at Leiden, apparently also Sanskrit under Kern. Ph.D. 1888 Leiden. In 1890 archival studies in Russia. In 1892-99 ao. Professor (buiteng. hooglerar) of Sanskrit at Amsterdam. In 1899-1926 Professor of Old Germanic Languages and Comparative Linguistics at Leiden. From 1904 Member of Dutch Academy. Married.

CCU is well known in Indology as the author of the first complete etymological dictionary of Sanskrit, but the main part of his work lies elsewhere. He was interested in many different families of languages. In 1910-11 he was in the U.S.A., collecting material on the Blackfoot language in Montana. Among his students were van Ginneken and Vogel.

Publications: Diss. De verwantschapsbetrekkingen tusschen de germaansche en baltoslavische talen. 6+77 p. Leiden 1888.

Kurzgefasste etymologische Wörterbuch der gotischen Sprache. 8+174 p. Amst. 1896, 2nd ed. 1900.

Kurzgefasste etymologische Wörterbuch der altindischen Sprache. 12+367 p. Amsterdam 1898-99.

Handboek der Indische Klankleer in vergelijking met die der Idg. samtaal. 101 p. Leiden 1894, English transl. A manual of Sanksrit phonetics, in comparison with the Indogermanic mother-language, for Students of Germanic and Classical Philology. 112 p. L. 1898, 2nd ed. 1960.

Lautlehre der baskischen Dialekte. 1903-23; Woordafleitende suffixen van het Baskisch. 1905.

Vergl. vormleer der Eskimotalen. 1907.

Blackfoot texts. 1911-12; Flexion of the Substantives in Blackfoot. 1913; Blackfoot morphology. 1914; A concise Blackfoot grammar. VKNAW N.R. 41. Amst. 1938; with R. H. van Gulik, English–Blackfoot and Blackfoot–English Vocabulary. 1-2. 263+380 p. Amst. 1930-34.

Much on Germanic and Balto-Slavic languages.

Sources: Wie is dat? 1958; *A. J. van Essen, Lex. Gramm. 1996, 945; *A. Griffiths, “C. C. Uhlenbeck’s work on Sanskrit and his role in the history of Dutch Indology”, Inge Genee & Jan Paul Hinrichs (eds.), C. C. Uhlenbeck (1866-1951): A linguist revisitedCanadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies / Revue canadienne d’études néerlandaises 29:2 / 30:1, 2008-09), 71-77; Wikipedia with photo (more in Dutch version, with further references).

*W. M. Uhlenbeck-Melchior: Montana 1911: a professor and his wife among the Blackfeet: Wilhelmina Maria Uhlenbeck-Melchior’s diary and C. C. Uhlenbeck’s original Blackfoot texts and a new series of Blackfoot texts. 19??. and new ed. 2005 (original in Dutch)

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