SCHERZL, Vincenz (Vikentij Ivanovič Šercl)

SCHERZL, Vincenz (Vikentij Ivanovič Šercl, Čeněk Šercl). Beroun, Bohemia (Czech) 28.9.1843 — Ljubljana 4.12.1906. Czech Indologist and IE Scholar in Ukraina and Russia. Professor in Harkov (Harkiv) and Odessa. Educated in Prague, in 1861-64 studied law at Prague, but used much time for learning languages. In 1866-67 studies of Chinese, Japanese and Urdu at King’s College in London, then Sanskrit and Avesta under Kossovič at St.Petersburg. Kand. 1868 St.Petersburg, mag. 1869 ibid. (in Sanskrit). From 1869 Docent of comparative linguistics at Harkiv. Ph.D. 1880 Moscow. In 1880-85 Professor of comparative linguistics at Harkiv and 1885-1906 at Novorossijskaja Universitet in Odessa. Married.

VS is mainly known for his syntactic studies, mostly written in Russian. In both universities he also taught Sanskrit. Known as a polyglot.

Publications: kand.diss. Ličnyj mestoimenija v sanskrit. MS. 1869; dr.diss. Ob imennach čisliteľnych v indoevropejskoj otrasli. 183 p. Har’kov 1880.

Sravnitel’naja grammatika slavjanskih i drugih rodstvennyh jazukah. 1-2. Harkov 1871-73; Kratkij izbornik tekstov na slavjanskih jazykah. Har’kov 1872; “O slovah s protivopoložnymi značenijami”, Filol. zap. Voronež 1884, 83 p.; “O konkretnosti v jazykah”, Filol. zap. 1885; etc.

Sanskritskaja grammatika. 1. 123 p. Har’kov 1873.

Sintaksis drevne-indijskago jazyka. 392 p. Har’kov 1883.

Le života dřevnich Indů. Praha 1889 (in Czech).

in Czech: Mluvnice jazyka rusského. 1-2. Praha 1882-84; Skladba jazyka rusského. Praha 1884; Z oboru jazykozpytu. 573 p. Praha 1881-83.

Sources: Dvadcatipjatiletie Imperatorskago Novorossijskago universiteta. Odessa 1890, 279f.; Ènciklop. Slovar’ 38, 1908, 529; https://de.wikisource.org/wiki/BLKÖ:Šercl_(Scherzl),_Vincenz; *Czech Wikipedia with photo, one more in Russian version.

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