TROMBETTI, Alfredo

TROMBETTI, Alfredo. Bologna 6/16.1.1866 — Venice 5.7.1929. Italian Linguist, Polyglot and Orientalist. Studies at Bologna, “Laureato in lettere” 1891. From 1904 ord. Professor of Semitic Philology at Bologna, from 1912 Professor of Glottology there. He was known of masterly studies of some individual languages, but also of bold hypotheses on linguistics affinity, of Nostratic and even of monogenesis of languages.

Publications: see Gli studi orientali 179 & 201.

L’unità d’origine del linguaggio. Bologna 1905; Saggi di glottologia generale comparata. 1-3. Bologna 1908-20; Elementi di glottologia. 1-2. Bologna 1922.

Le lingue degli ottentotti e la lingua dei Wa-Sandawi. Bologna 1910.

La lingua etrusca. Firenze 1928.

Sources: Gli studi orientali in Italia 1861–1911; T. De Mauro, Lex. Gramm. 1996, 934 (with further references); Wikipedia with photo.

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