THURNEYSEN, Eduard Rudolf

THURNEYSEN, Eduard Rudolf. Basel 14.3.1857 — Bonn 9.8.1940. Swiss IE and Celtic Scholar in Germany. Professor in Freiburg and Bonn. Son of silk manufacturer Emil Th. and Elisabeth Merian. Studied at Basel, Leipzig (Windisch), Berlin (H. Zimmer) and Paris. Ph.D. 1879 Leipzig. PD 1882 Jena. From 1885 ao. Professor für vgl. Sprachforschung und Romanistikat Jena. In 1887-1913 Professor für vgl. Sprachwissenschaft at Freiburg i.Br. and from 1913 at Bonn. Emeritus 1923. Hon. Dr. 1911 Cambridge, 1911 Trinity College, Dublin, 1925 Berlin, 1929 Belfast.

Thurneysen was mainly a Celtologists and also interested in Italic and Romance languages. A specialist of ancient legal texts and an epigraphists who worked even on Lydian. Among his students were Sommer, Thumb and Weisgerber.

Publications: Diss. Über Herkunft und Bildung der lateinischen Verba auf -io der dritten und vierten Conjugation und über ihr gegenseitiges Verhältniß. 68 p. Leipzig 1879; hab.diss. Das Verbum être und die französische Konjugation. 38 p. 1882.

Die Etymologie. 70 p. Freiburg i.Br. 1904.

Much on Irish and Celtology (e.g. Handbuch des Altirischen. 1-2. Heidelberg 1909), also on Romanistics, some on comparative IE.

A few brief articles on Sanskrit, e.g. OC Hamburg 1902, 9f. & Mélanges de Saussure 1912, 225-227.

Sources: Das Grosse Brockhaus 15th ed. 18; *A. Knoch, Idg. Jb. 25, 1941 (1942), 372-385; *P. Meyer, Lex. Gramm. 1996, 918; Stache-Weiske 2017, 565; *L. Weisgerber, Idg. Jb. 11, 1926/27, 554-561; Romanistenlexikon (online); Wikipedia; photo in Pedersen 1959, 61; two photos on TITUS Galeria.

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