Werner Winter (linguist)

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Johann Karl Werner Winter (October 25, 1923 – August 7, 2010) was a German Indo-European specialist and linguist.


Winter was born in Haselau. His brother was killed during the Second World War. He studied under Ernst Fraenkel at the University of Kiel, where he later succeeded Fraenkel. Although he wrote hardly any individual volumes of his own, he established himself in the study of Tocharian and, as a result of his work as the editor of many series and work in general linguistics, he had far-reaching influence. Winter spent his life in his native Holstein. His students included Olav Hackstein, Peter Kuhlmann, and Christian T. Petersen. He is known for formulating Winter's law.[1] He was appointed president of Societas Linguistica Europaea in 1991.[2] He died in Preetz.


Main works[edit]

  • A Bantawa Dictionary (Berlin, 2003)
  • "Vom Genitiv im heutigen Deutsch" (The Genitive in Modern German; in: Zeitschrift für deutsche Sprache 22, pp. 21–35)
  • Studia Tocharica. Selected Writings/Ausgewählte Beiträge (Poznań 1984).


  1. ^ Collinge, N. E. 1985. The Laws of Indo-European. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 225ff.
  2. ^ Winter, Werner (ed.). 1994. On Languages and Language: The Presidential Addresses of the 1991 Meeting of the Societas Linguistica (= Trends in Linguistics 78). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co., p. viii.
  3. ^ a b Bauer, Brigitte L. M., & Georges-Jean Pinault. (ed.). 2003. Introduction: Werner Winter, ad multos annos. In: Language in Time and Space: A Festschrift for Werner Winter on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday, pp. xxiii–xxv . Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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