Gerhard Deeters

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Gerhard Deeters (born August 8, 1892 in Lemburg near Wenden , Livonia Governorate ; † February 19, 1961 in Bonn ) was a German linguist .


Gerhard Deeters attended the Livonian Knight High School in Birkenruh (Lat. Bērzaines ģimnāzija ) and after graduating from 1911 to 1912 did his military service, from which he resigned as a reserve lieutenant. He then studied philosophy at the University of Leipzig . After the outbreak of the First World War he was interned as a Russian citizen and only released after the separate peace in 1918. From 1918 to 1920 Deeters fought in the Baltic State Armed Forces and in the Latvian Army against the Soviet armed forces.

Deeters resumed his studies in 1922. He studied comparative linguistics at the universities of Jena and Munich . His main focus was the Caucasian languages . In 1927 he married Dr. Edith Dörschel. In the same year he was employed as an assistant at the University of Leipzig and completed his habilitation there in 1929 in comparative linguistics.

From 1928 to 1935 Deeters worked (part-time until 1932) as a scientific editor at Brockhaus-Verlag . In 1935 he was appointed full professor for comparative linguistics at the University of Bonn . He worked there until his retirement in 1960.

In addition to the Caucasian languages, Deeters also studied Greek and Hittite .


  • Armenian and South Caucasian. A contribution to the question of language mixing . Leipzig 1927
  • The Kharthwelic verb. Comparative representation of the verb structure of the South Caucasian languages . Leipzig 1930
  • The position of Greek within the Indo-European languages . Bonn 1941
  • Armenian and Caucasian languages . Leiden 1963 ( Handbook of Oriental Studies , Division 1, Volume 7)


  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Deeters † 1892–1961 . In: Soviet Studies . Volume 10 (1961), p. 106
  • Johann Knobloch : Gerhard Deeters 1892–1961 . In: Bonn scholars. Contributions to the history of science in Bonn. Linguistics . Bonn 1970, pp. 45–54 (with picture)
  • Karl Horst Schmidt : Gerhard Deeters † . In: Gnomon . Volume 33 (1961), pp. 839-841
  • Karl Horst Schmidt: Gerhard Deeters (1892-1961) . In: Journal of the German Oriental Society . 113, pp. 24-33 (1963)

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