Ivo Hajnal

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Ivo Hajnal (* 1961 in Zurich ) is an Austrian Indo-Europeanist , classical philologist , Mycenaeologist and politician .


Hajnal studied Indo-European Linguistics and Classical Philology at the University of Zurich , among others with the Indo-European Ernst Risch . He completed his studies in 1985 with a master's thesis on the oldest Cretan inscriptions. The doctorate took place in 1990 also in Zurich with a dissertation on the Mycenaean case system , the habilitation there in 1995 with a treatise on vocalism in Lycian .

Hajnal then held a visiting professorship at the Humboldt University in Berlin , and then from 1998 to 2001 a full professorship for linguistics at the University of Münster . Since spring 2001 he has been professor of linguistics at the University of Innsbruck , and from October 2005 he was chairman of the Senate, succeeding Christian Smekal . In October 2019, Walter Obwexer succeeded him as Senate Chairman.

Hajnal is a co-founder of the Swiss Text Academy based in Davos , of which he chairs the board of trustees. Since September 2018 he has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of Luwian Studies , based in Zurich, of which Eberhard Zangger is President.

In the elections to the Austrian National Council in 2019 , Hajnal is running as the top candidate for an electoral alliance made up of alternative lists, the Austrian Communist Party and the independent left.

Research priorities

In the field of historical linguistics, Hajnal works on syntax and language contact , on the Near Eastern and Aegean languages ​​of the Bronze Age , on language history and writing and on various Indo-European language branches ( Anatolian , Baltic , Greek , Indo-Iranian , Tocharic ), also in connection with ancient science disciplines . He is also posthumously editing the unpublished grammar of Mycenaean Greek by his teacher Ernst Risch.

In the field of applied linguistics to Hajnal dealing with issues of language use in the corporate communications and corporate publishing .

Fonts (selection)

Historical Linguistics and Mykenology

  • (Ed., With the assistance of B. Stefan): The ancient Greek dialects. Essence and becoming. Files from the Colloquium Free University of Berlin, 19. – 22. September 2001. Innsbruck 2007.
  • The tablets from Thebes and their meaning for Greek dialectology . In: Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy , Oswald Panagl (ed.): The new Linear B texts from Thebes . Publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2006, pp. 53–69.
  • Troy from a linguistic point of view. The structure of an argument. Innsbruck 2003 (Innsbrucker Contributions to Linguistics, Vol. 109) - Review by Helmut Rix , in: Gnomon 77, 2005, pp. 385–388, (online) .
  • Methodical preliminary remarks on palaeolinguistics of the Balkans . In: Alfred Bammesberger , Theo Vennemann (Eds.): Languages ​​in Prehistoric Europe . Carl Winter, Heidelberg 2003, pp. 117-145.
  • Feminist language criticism and historical linguistics. The different perspectives on the gender category in synchronicity and diachrony Innsbruck 2001, (online) . (PDF)
  • with the assistance of Basant Srivastav: On the relationship between God and ruler on the Neo-Hittite hieroglyphic inscriptions. Innsbruck 2001, (online) . (PDF)
  • Mycenaean and Homeric Lexicon. Correspondences, divergences and the attempt at a typology. Innsbruck 1998 (Innsbruck Contributions to Linguistics, Lectures and Smaller Writings, 69).
  • Language layers of Mycenaean Greek. On the question of differentiating between “Mycénien normal” and “Mycénien spécial”. Salamanca 1997 (Suplementos a Minos, No. 14).
  • The Lycian vocalism (method and knowledge of the comparative Anatolian linguistics, applied to the vowel system of a small corpus language). Habilitation thesis Zurich, Leykam, Graz 1995 (work from the Department of Comparative Linguistics Graz, edited by F. Lochner von Hüttenbach et al.).
  • Studies on the Mycenaean case system. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin-New York 1995 (= Diss. Zurich 1990).
  • The oldest Cretan inscriptions. Unpublished licentiate thesis Zurich 1985.

General Linguistics

Applied Linguistics

  • with Franco Item: Writing and editing - in a nutshell! : the writing training for communication professionals. Huber Verlag, Frauenfeld 2000.
  • with Franco Item: language design - and your ad does a good job: the text guide for job advertisements. Werd-Verlag, Zurich 2001.
  • with Torsten Oltmanns u. a .: Power in companies: An interdisciplinary guide through the unwritten laws in organizations . Gabler, October 2011, ISBN 978-3834929600 .

Individual evidence

  1. New Senate Chair elected. In: uibk.ac.at. October 11, 2019, accessed October 12, 2019 .
  2. University of Innsbruck: Walter Obwexer is the new chairman of the Senate. October 11, 2019, accessed October 12, 2019 .
  3. ^ Foundation Luwian Studies. easyMonitoring, 2019 (French).;
  4. New board of trustees. Luwian Studies, March 31, 2019 .;
  5. Board of Trustees. Luwian Studies;
  6. KPÖ creates nationwide candidacy for National Council - derStandard.at. Accessed August 1, 2019 (Austrian German).

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