Otto Donner


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Donner, Otto

 

Born Dec. 15, 1835, in Kokkola; died in 1909. Finnish linguist and Finno-Ugrist.

Donner was professor of Sanskrit and comparative linguistics at the University of Helsinki (1875-1905). He was the founder (1883) and president (from 1893) of the Finno-Ugric Society. He was the author of works on Indo-European and Finno-Ugric linguistics. From 1886 to 1891 he edited the Journal de la Société finno-ougrienne.

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Cosmogonie des Hindous comparée á celle des Finnois. Helsinki, 1865.
Le Pronom personnel dans les langues altaiques. Helsinki, 1865.
Coup d’oeil historique sur les travaux de linguistique ougro-finnoise. Helsinki, 1872.
Vergleichendes Wörterbuch der finnisch-ugrischen Sprachen, vols. 1-3. Helsinki, 1874-84.
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In a brief but informative preface Klaus Karttunen traces the history of Sanskrit studies in Finland, from Herman Kellgren, Otto Donner, and Julio Natanael Reuter, down to Parpola's teacher, Pentti Aalto.