Thomsen, Vilhelm

Thomsen, Vilhelm

(vĭl`hĕlm tŏm`sĕn), 1842–1927, Danish philologist. For many years Thomsen was professor of comparative philology at the Univ. of Copenhagen, where he did important work in Indo-European linguistics. His best-known work was the decipherment of the bilingual Turkic-Chinese inscription found on the Orkhon River in Mongolia. The inscription, published in 1894, is in the most ancient form of Turkish yet found.
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