PETERSEN, Walter. 1881 — 3.10.1939 (when 58). U.S. IE and Classical Scholar. Professor in Gainesville and Chicago. Son of German immigrants, studies in Germany. Ph.D. Yale. In 1908/18 Professor of Greek and Latin at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. From 19?? Assistant Professor of Ancient Languages (teaching Latin and Greek) at University of Florida, from 1930 Associate Professor of Comparative Philology at University of Chicago.

Publications: “Vedic, Sanskrit, and Prakrit”, JAOS 32, 1912, 414-428; Syncretism of the Indo-European Dative”, AJPh 39, 1918, 1-26.

– “The inflection of Indo-European personal pronouns”, Language 6, 1930, 164-193; “Hittite and Tocharian”, Language 9, 1933, 12-34; “The Evidence for Schwa Secundum in Latin and Greek”, Language 14, 1938, 39-59; “Hittite ḫ and Saussure’s Doctrine of the Long Vowels”, JAOS 59, 1939, 175-199.

– “Tocharian Pronominal Declension”, Language 11, 1935, 196-206; “The Primary Cases of the Tocharian Nominal Declension”, Language 15, 1939, 72-98.

With C. D. Buck: A Reverse Index of Greek Nouns and Adjectives. 17+765 p. Chicago 1945.

– Further articles and reviews in Language. Also wrote on Greek language and literature.

Sources: Brief note in JAOS 60, 1940, 439; stray notes in Internet.

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