Johann von Kelle

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Johann von Kelle (March 15, 1828 in Regensburg – January 30, 1909 in Prague) was a German philologist who studied the German language.

Biography[edit]

He attended the University of Munich where he studied classical philology. Inspired by Johann Andreas Schmeller, he turned his attention to the German language, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Würzburg in 1854. From 1855 to 1857, he was an editor for a Berlin publisher, where he oversaw the development of an encyclopedia. During this time, he got to know the Grimm brothers. In 1857 he was made a full professor of German language and literature at the University of Prague, where he remained until his retirement in 1899. In 1891/92 he served as university rector.[1][2]

Works[edit]

His work on Otfrid von Weissenburg includes:

  • Otfrids von Weissenburg Evangelienbuch, Regensburg 1856.
  • Die Formen- und Lautlehre der Sprache Otfrids, Regensburg 1869.
  • Christi Leben und Lehre, besungen von Otfrid : Aus dem Althochdeutschen übersetzt, Prag 1870.
  • Glossar zu Otfrids Evangelienbuch (1879–81).

His work on Notker Labeo is no less important: in general it aims to prove that the writings bearing his name are not by a school or group of translators, but by Notker alone. Writings include:

  • Das Verbum und Nomen in Notker's Boëthius, Wien 1885.
  • Die Sankt Galler deutschen Schriften und Notker Labeo (1888).
  • Untersuchungen zur Überlieferung, Übersetzung, Grammatik der Psalmen Notkers, Berlin 1889.

Other works:

  • Die Jesuiten-Gymnasien in Österreich (1873).
  • Vergleichende Grammatik der germanischen Sprachen, vol. 1, Prag 1863.
  • Geschichte der deutschen Litteratur von der ältesten Zeit bis zur Mitte des 11. Jahrhunderts (1892).
  • Die Quelle von Ezzos Gesang von den Wundern Christi, in: Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Classe der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, vol. 129, Wien 1893.
  • Speculum Ecclesiae (1858).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Internationales Germanistenlexikon 1800 - 1950, Volume 1 edited by Christoph König
  2. ^ Hitz - Kozub / edited by Rudolf Vierhaus Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopaedie