Historische Sprachforschung

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Historische Sprachforschung / Historical Linguistics  
DisciplineIndo-European historical linguistics
LanguageEnglish, French, German
Edited byAlfred Bammesberger, Olav Hackstein, Sabine Ziegler
Publication details
Former name(s)
Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Hist. Sprachforsch.
OCLC no.237226312

Historische Sprachforschung / Historical Linguistics is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal covering Indo-European historical linguistics. It is the second oldest linguistics journal still in publication.[citation needed] The current editors-in-chief are Martin Kümmel (University of Jena), Olav Hackstein, and Sabine Ziegler. The journal is published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.


The journal was originally established by Adalbert Kuhn in 1852, and consequently known colloquially as Kuhns Zeitschrift. Its official name was Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete des Deutschen, Griechischen und Lateinischen from 1852 to 1874. For most of this period it ran in parallel to its sister publication Beiträge zur vergleichenden Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete der arischen, celtischen und slawischen Sprachen (known colloquially at Kuhn-Schleichlers Beiträge), which existed from 1858 to 1876.[1]

In 1877 the publications merged with each other and with Beiträge zur Kunde der indogermanischen Sprachen (known colloquially as Bezzenbergers Beiträge, 1877-1906) as Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete der indo-germanischen Sprachen. This title persisted until 1967.[1]

From 1968 to 1987 the journal was called Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung (Journal of Comparative Linguistics).[1]

It obtained its present title in 1988.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d R.D. Fulk, A Comparative Grammar of the Early Germanic Languages, Studies in Germanic Linguistics, 3 (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2018), doi:10.1075/sigl.3, ISBN 78907263124 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN., p. 338.

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