THESLEFF, Arthur

THESLEFF, Arthur. Viipuri 5.3.1871 — Stockholm 17.12.1920. Finnish Botanist (Mycologist) and Gipsy Scholar. Son of Colonel Fredrik Vilhelm Th. and Olga Maria Thesleff. From 1890 studied botany at Helsinki. In the late 1890s fieldwork  among gipsies in Finland, Sweden, Russia, Hungary and Poland. In 1906 moved to Sweden and in 1906…

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SMART, Bath C.

SMART, Bath Charles. 1838 — 1887. British Physician interested in Gipsy Language. M.D. Worked in Manchester. Publications: The Dialect of the English Gypsies. 1863, 2nd rev. & enl. ed. with H. T. Crofton. 23+302 p. L. 1875. Sources: Wikisource, no further information found.

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ROTHKIRCH-PANTHEN, Hugo von

ROTHKIRCH-PANTHEN, Hugo Bernhard Sigismund von. Breslau 22.4.1812 — Breslau 16.3.1868. German Astronomer, also interested in Linguistics. Of Silesian nobility. After Ritterakademie Liegnitz and Elisabet-Gymnasium in Breslau studies at Breslau. Began with law, but also took languages and mathematics and eventually astronomy. Worked as calculator in Breslau observatory. Publications: “Über Ursprung und Sprache der…

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KOHOUT, Václav

KOHOUT, Václav. Kolín 1802? — Jasov 6.11.1867. Czech Catholic Theologian. Premonstratensian Vicar in Poprad (Slovakia) in 1849-65. Publications: Manuscript works Tentamen condiscendae lingue zingaricae and  Exercitatio lingo zingaricae (1821) kept in Premonstratensian library in Jasov. Sources: Kdo Byl Kdo: Čeští a slovenští orientalisté, afrikanisté a iberoamerikanisté, referring to *Slovenský biografický slovník 3, 1989, 133; Studia Bibliographica Posoniensia 1/2009, 182 (English…

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KLICH, Edward

KLICH, Edward. Skalat (now in Ukraina) 2.2.1878 — Poznań 1.12.1939. Polish Linguist, Specialist of Slavic and Gipsy Languages. Student of Rozwadowski at Cracow. From 1929 Professor at Poznań. Killed by Nazis. Publications: Wrote on Slavic linguistics (Polish and Byelorussian). – “Wpływy języka polskiego na dialekty Cyganów polskich”, Prace polonist. ofiar. prof. Janowi…

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IRVINE, Francis

IRVINE, Francis. Drumoak, Aberdeenshire 8.2.1786 — Edinburgh 16.12.1855. British (Scottish) Colonial Officer in India. Son of Alexander I. and Jean Forbes, mother died soon after his birth. Joined army as cadet in 1804 and left for India. Served in Bengal Native Infantry, resigned as Captain in 1824. Already 1820 moved…

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HRKAL, Eduard

HRKAL, Eduard. 18?? — Vienna 11.8.1948. Czech Linguist. Called Professor (1939), probably at the gymnasium of Mariańské Lázně. Active as early as 1895 and 1910 (articles about the French dialect of Picardie). He suggested that Etruscan belongs to the “Turnian division of Ural-Altaic” and apparently invented Turkic etymologies for Etruscan…

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GRAFFUNDER, Alfred

GRAFFUNDER, Alfred. 1801 — 5.7.1875. German Teacher. From 1827 in Erfurt. Educational Inspector (Regierungs-Schulrat, 1835). The Romani book was based on a paper read in 1835 before the Kgl. Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften in Erfurt. Perhaps by the same: A.G. (Alumnen-Inspektor am Königlichen Joachimsthalischen Gymnasium): Ueber Offenbarung: Eine Untersuchung. Berlin 1827.…

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GANANDER, Christfried

GANANDER, Christfried. Haapajärvi (Ostrobothnia) 21.11.1741 — Rantsila (Ostrobothnia) 17.2.1790. Finnish Clergyman, Folklorist and Lexicographer. Son of Rev. Thomas G. (d. 1751) and Helena Hidén. Studies at Turku (magister 1766). Ordained 1763. Worked as curate in Vaasa and Laihia. From 1775 until death vicar of Rantsila in Ostrobothnia. Married 1767 Magdalena Sinius (d.…

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CROFTON, Henry Thomas

CROFTON, Henry Thomas. Preston, Lancashire 23.7.1848 — Berkshire 17.4.1928. British Gipsy Scholar. Born of an Anglo-Irish family, son of General J. F. Crofton and Anne Agnes Addison. Educated at Cheltenham College. Solicitor in Manchester. President of Gypsy Lore Society in 1908-09. Married 1871 Martha Pilling, one son, three daughters. Publications: With…

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