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Brugmann, Friedrich Karl

Born: 1849 AD
Died: 1919 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Philologist

1849 – Born on March 16th. in Wiesbaden, Nassau, Germany. German linguist who gained a position of preeminence in comparative Indo-European linguistics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a result of his comprehensive and still-authoritative research in this field.

1876 – His own contribution to establishing the ascendancy of the Neogrammarian position was the publication of a highly original study of nasal sounds.

1878 – The first volume of Morphologische Untersuchungen ("Morphological Investigations"), partly edited by Brugmann, contained his statement of the Neogrammarian views.

1886 – The work on which his fame most securely rests is the two volumes on sounds and forms he prepared for the Grundriss der vergleichenden Grammatik der indogermanischen Sprachen, 5 vol. (Outline of the Comparative Grammar of the Indo-Germanic Languages).

1891 – He founded, with Wilhelm Streitberg, the journal Indogermanische Forschungen ("Indo-European Researches").

1897-1916 – A second, greatly enlarged edition was issued.

1919 – Died on June 29th in Leipzig, Germany.

         – Grundriss remained probably the most authoritative grammar ever written, but it also stands as one of the great schemes of knowledge concerning the Indo-European languages.