Diez, Friedrich Christian

Diez, Friedrich Christian

(frē`drĭkh krĭs`tyän dēts), 1794–1876, German philologist. A professor at Bonn, Diez is noted as one of the founders of the science of Romanic philology. His great works were a grammar of the Romanic languages (1836; later much enlarged) and a dictionary of the Romanic languages (1853; also much enlarged in later editions).
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Diez, Friedrich Christian

 

Born Mar. 15, 1794, in Giessen; died May 29, 1876, in Bonn. German philologist of Romance languages; founder of the comparative study of the Romance languages; professor at the University of Bonn beginning in 1823. Diez’ major works were a grammar and an etymological dictionary of the Romance languages. He is also well known for his research in Old Provencal literature and the poetry of the troubadours.

WORKS

Etymologisches Worterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, 3rd ed., parts 1–2. Bonn, 1869–70.
Grammatik der romanischen Sprachen, parts 1–3. Bonn, 1836–44.
Leben und Werke der Troubadours, 2nd ed. Amsterdam, 1965.
Die Poesie der Troubadours, 2nd ed. Leipzig, 1883.
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