Eduard Sievers

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Sievers, Eduard


Born Nov. 25, 1850, in Lippoldsberg, Hessen; died Mar. 30, 1932, in Leipzig. German philologist.

After graduating from the University of Leipzig in 1870, Sievers was a professor at Jena (after 1871), Tübingen (after 1883), Halle (after 1887), and Leipzig (after 1892). His principal works are devoted to phonetics, the early records of the Germanic languages, the history of the German language, Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon grammar, the psychology of speech, style, and textual criticism. He was editor of the journal Beiträge zur Geschichte der Deutschen Sprache und Literatur (1891–1906, 1924–31).


Der Heiland und die angelsächsische Genesis. Halle, 1875.
Grundiüge der Phonetik, 5th ed. Leipzig, 1901.
Angelsächsische Grammatik, 4th ed. Halle, 1921.
Altgermanische Metrik, 2nd ed. Strasbourg, 1905.
Metrische Studien, vols. 1–4. Leipzig, 1901–19.
Rhythmisch-melodische Studien. Heidelberg, 1912.
Ziele und Wege der Schallanalyse. Heidelberg, 1924.
Die althochdeutschen Glossen, vols. 1–5. Berlin, 1879–1922. (With E. Steinmeyr.)


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I was originally dubious about the Old English rhyming version of 884, but it reads so fluently that I now think no one before the twentieth century could have had a sufficient feel for Anglo-Saxon idiom to produce such a work as a hoax, except perhaps the great Eduard Sievers, who scarcely seems the hoaxing type.
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For more than a hundred years we have had to rely on the edition which Eduard Sievers published first in 1872 and then revised in 1892.