LANE, George Sherman. Clio, Iowa 28.9.1902 — Chapel Hill, NC 18.9.1981. U.S. Linguist, Scholar of Germanic, IE, Celtic and Tocharian. Professor in Chapel Hill. Son of Franklin Gabriel L., a farmer, and Clara Jane Stuart. Educated at local school and State University of Iowa (B.A. 1926 in Comparative Philology, A.M. 1927 in English). In 1927–28 American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow at University of Iceland, in 1928–29 American Field Service Fellow at Paris University, studying under Benveniste, Vendryes and Meillet, in 1929–30 University Fellow at University of Chicago (L. Bloomfield and C. D. Buck). Ph.D. 1930 University of Chicago (Buck). In 1930–34 Research Associate in Comparative Philology at University of Chicago, in 1934–37 Assistant Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Then at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill: 1937–43 Associate Professor, 1943–50 Professor and 1950–72 Kenan Professor of Germanic and Comparative Linguistics. In 1952–55 Chairman of dept. of Germanic Languages. In 1956–57 visiting Professor at Oslo University. Retired in 1972. Married 1927 Colette Resweber, children. His main interests were Germanic linguistics, especially Icelandic, IE and Celtic linguistics, especially Tocharian
Publications: Words for clothing in the principal indo-european languages. 44 p. Language dissertations 9. Baltimore MD 1931.
– “Tocharian Puṇyavantajātaka: Text and translation”, JAOS 67, 1947, 33-53; Vocabulary to the Tocharian Puṇyavantajātaka. 42 p. Suppl to the JAOS 8. Baltimore MD 1952.
– Articles on Tocharian e.g. in Language 1953, 1962; Fs. W. Krause 1960, 72-79; JAOS 85, 1965, 66-73 & 89, 1969, 542-546.
– Studies in Kuchean grammar. 1. 53 p. Suppl. to JAOS 13. Baltimore MD 1958.
– Also wrote on Germanic linguistics.
Sources: Dir. of Am. Sch. 6th ed. 3; *W.W. Arndt (ed.), Studies in Historical Linguistics in Honor of GSL. Chapel Hill 1967; *B. Davis, Language 59, 1983, 355-359; S.R. Smith, Lex. Gramm. 1996, 548; Wikipedia; family in findagrave.com.
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