Peter Zürrer

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Peter Zürrer (* 1937 in Eglisau ; legal resident in Horgen ) is a Swiss linguist and retired high school teacher .


Zürrer studied at the University of Zurich German and received his doctorate in 1975 at ibid Rudolf Hotzenköcherle with a thesis on the lexical fields in the dialect of Gressoney .

Until his retirement in 2002, Zürrer taught German at the Oerlikon Cantonal School . He also held teaching positions at the universities of Trieste , Pescara and Zurich .


Zürrer's interest is particularly in the Walser German language islands in the Italian Aosta Valley , which he examined in terms of semantic, lexicographical, phraseological, morphological, syntactic, sociolinguistic and contact linguistic aspects. The University of Basel awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1999 for his achievements in this area .

He also worked on the Linguistic Atlas of German Switzerland (Volume III) and the Gruppo di ricerca sulle isole linguistiche alemanne del versante italiano (GRILAVI).

Works (selection)

Individual evidence

  1. List of former teachers ( memento of December 4, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) on the Oerlikon Cantonal School website.
  2. a b Short portrait of Peter Zürrer at Franz Steiner Verlag
  3. ^ University of Basel: Honorary doctorates in the Faculty of Philosophy and History