Otto Behaghel

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Otto Behaghel (May 3, 1854 in Karlsruhe – October 9, 1936 in Munich) was a germanist and professor in Heidelberg, Basel, and Gießen.

He added theoretical contributions to the German and Middle High German language. He formulated Behaghel's laws. His work is still important in Theme and rheme research.


  • Geschichte der deutschen Sprache (1891)
  • Heliand und Genesis (1903)
  • Deutsche Syntax, 3 volumes (1923-1928)