VERNER, Karl

VERNER, Karl Adolph. Aarhus 7.3.1846 — Copenhagen 5.11.1896. Danish Linguist and Phonetician. Professor in Copenhagen. Son of a German artisan and his Danish wife. Studied Classics, Germanic and Slavic languages, also Sanskrit under Westergaard. Mag. 1873. Librarian at Halle University in 1876-82. From 1882 Docent and 1888 eo. Professor of Slavic at Copenhagen. He had often health problems and died early in paralysis.

In comparative linguistics his name is well known because of the “Verner’s Law’, found by him. He was a younger friend of Thomsen, who made him to publish it. Hon. Ph.D. 1887 Heidelberg.

Publications: “Eine Ausnahme der ersten Lautverschiebung”, KZ 23, 1877, 97-130; “Zur Ablautsfrage”, KZ 23, 1877, 131-138.

Wrote very little, Schröder speaks of “seine ausgesprochene Abneigung gegen das Publiciren”.

Afhandlinger og breve udg. af Selskab for germansk filologi med en biografi ved Marius Vibæk. Copenhagen 1903.

Sources: Pauly, Køb. Univ. 8, 1992, 538; E. Schröder, A.D.B. 55, 1910, 326-330; *V. Thomsen, Nord tidskr. f. filol. 3:5, 187-202; Wikipedia with photo (a few details, but still very little, added in German version).

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