TOMSON, Aleksandr Ivanovič (Thomson). Near Dorpat (Tartu), Livonia 3.(15.)6.1864 — Odessa 27.11.1935. Russian (Estonian) Linguist (Phonetician), Scholar of Slavic, Sanskrit and Armenian. Son of Estonian parents, Juhani and Emilia Thomson. From 1882 studies at St.Petersburg, graduated 1887. Further studies in Moscow, under Fortunatov and Korsch, wrote his diss. on Armenian. From 1897 ord. Professor of Linguistics at Novorossijskij University in Odessa, until 1932. Died of pneumonia.
Publications: Lingvističeskie issledovanija. St.P. 1897; Fonetičeskie etjudy. Warsaw 1905; studies on Slavic and Russian.
– Diss. Istoričeskaja grammatika sovremennogo armjanskogo jazyka goroda Tiflisa. St.P. 1890.
Sources: Not in Miliband; R. A. Ageeva, The Great Soviet Encyclopedia 1979; Estonian Wikipedia and Russian Vikipedija, both with the same photo.
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