Karl Verner

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Karl Verner

Karl Adolf Verner (born March 7, 1846 in Aarhus , † November 5, 1896 in Copenhagen ) was a Danish linguist . He discovered in 1875 and in 1877 published the Verner's law named after him .

Verner's law is a fine example of the fruitfulness of the young grammatical method. In fact, Verner was closely connected to the Leipzig linguists, although after his studies in Copenhagen he worked as a librarian at the university library in Halle an der Saale . From there he often traveled to Leipzig to meet the young grammarians around August Leskien and Karl Brugmann . He took an active part in the linguistic discussions, but wrote no major works apart from the text An exception to the first sound shift . Verner returned to Copenhagen in 1882, where he worked as a lecturer in Slavic Studies. He died at the age of 50.


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  • The Copenhagen University Library . In: Zentralblatt für Bibliothekswesen , vol. 1, 1884, pp. 182-189 ( online ).