Fredrik Otto Lindeman

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Fredrik Otto Lindeman (born 3 March 1936) is a Norwegian linguist. He is professor emeritus in historical linguistics at University of Oslo.

Lindeman works mainly with Indo-European languages. He has given his name to Lindeman's law, a linguistic law which concerns Sievers’ law.

Together with Harald Bjorvand, in 2000 he published 1100 pages of Våre arveord, the first etymological dictionary for Norwegian since Hjalmar Falk and Alf Torp's Etymologisk ordbog over det danske og det norske sprog (1903–06).[1] The book was re-released in a new version in 2007. Lindeman has translated Sagaen om Cú Chulainns sykeleie og Emers skinnsyke from Old Irish and Vardan og armenernes krig from Old Armenian for Thorleif Dahls kulturbibliotek.

He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[2]


  • Les origines Indo-Européennes de la "Verschärfung" Germanique (1964)
  • Einführung in die Laryngaltheorie (1970)
  • The triple representation of schwa in Greek and some related problems of Indo-European phonology (1982)
  • Våre arveord (2000)


  • Sagaen om Cú Chulainns sykeleie og Emers skinnsyke (1985)
  • Vardan og armenernes krig (1992)


  1. ^ "Harald Bjorvand & Frederik Otto Lindemann: Våre arveord. Ety-mologisk ordbok" (PDF). Linguistica Online. 30 January 2006. ISSN 1801-5336. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gruppe 5: Filologi og språkvitenskap" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 10 January 2011.