Jürgen Untermann

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Jürgen Untermann (born October 24, 1928 in Rheinfelden (Baden) ; † February 7, 2013 in Brauweiler ) was a German Indo-European linguist and epigraphist .

life and work

Untermann studied with Hans Krahe and Ulrich Schmoll in Frankfurt am Main and in Tübingen , where he received his doctorate in 1954. He completed his habilitation in 1959. In 1962, he conducted research on the Monumenta Linguarum Hispanicarum at Spanish universities , including with Antonio Tovar . From 1965 until his retirement in 1993 he taught as a professor for Indo-European linguistics ( historical linguistics ) at the University of Cologne . His main field of research was the fragmentary Italian and old Spanish " rubble languages ". In particular in the field of the Iberian language , Untermann was considered the highest scientific authority. His edition of paleohispanic inscriptions ( Monumenta Linguarum Hispanicarum , founded by Emil Huebner ) and the systematization of Iberian onomastics that he created are of particular importance .

Untermann was a full member of the German Archaeological Institute . He received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Salamanca (1992), Coimbra and Santiago de Compostela . In 2010 he received the Príncipe de Viana International Prize of the Province of Navarra for Culture .

His son is the art historian Matthias Untermann .


  • The vocabulary of the Cippus Abellanus and the Tabula Bantina. Studies on the position and history of the Oskisch-Umbrian. Dissertation Tübingen 1954
  • The Venetian personal names . Wiesbaden, 1961
  • Language Areas and Language Movements in Pre-Roman Hispania . Wiesbaden, 1961
  • Elementos de un atlas antroponímico de la Hispania Antigua . Madrid, 1965
  • Monumenta Linguarum Hispanicarum .
    • Vol. 1: The coin legends . Wiesbaden, 1975
    • Vol. 2: The inscriptions in Iberian script from southern France . Wiesbaden, 1980
    • Vol. 3: The Iberian inscriptions from Spain . Wiesbaden, 1990
    • Vol. 4: The Tartessian, Celtiberian and Lusitanian inscriptions . Wiesbaden, 1997
  • Dictionary of the Oscar-Umbrian . Heidelberg, 2000

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Individual evidence

  1. Self-presentation by U. Salamanca
  2. according to Spanish Wiki