Edgar Howard Sturtevant

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Sturtevant, Edgar Howard


Born Mar. 7, 1875, in Jacksonville, III.; died July 1, 1952, in Branford, Conn. American linguist.

Sturtevant graduated from Indiana University in 1898. He taught at Columbia University from 1907 to 1920, at Yale beginning in 1923, and at other universities; he became a professor at Yale in 1927. He helped found the Linguistic Society of America in 1924 and was its president in 1931. He founded the annual summer Linguistic Institute in 1928. Sturtevant’s chief works are in the field of comparative Indo-European linguistics, in which he advanced the laryngeal theory and the Indo-Hittite hypothesis. Other works by Sturtevant are devoted to Hittite, general linguistics, and classical philology.


Linguistic Change: An Introduction to the Historical Study of Language, 2nd ed. Chicago, III., 1942.
A Comparative Grammar of the Hittite Language. Philadelphia, Pa., 1933. Second revised ed., vol. 1, New Haven, Conn., 1951. (With E. A. Hahn.)
A Hittite Chrestomathy. Philadelphia, Pa., 1935. (With G. Bechtel.)
The Indo-Hittite Laryngeals. Baltimore, Md., 1942.
A Hittite Glossary, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa., 1936.


Hahn, E. A. “Edgar Howard Sturtevant.” Language, 1952, vol. 28, no. 4.


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