A4 Article in conference proceedings
Deutschland - Finnland - Irland. Der Linguist Ernst Lewy (1881 - 1966)

List of Authors: Holfter Gisela, Wagner Doris
Place: Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Istanbul, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien
Publication year: 2019
Book title *: Die vielen Gesichter der Germanistik: Finnische Germanistentagung 2017
Title of series: Finnische Beiträge zur Germanistik
Volume number: 37
ISBN: 978-3-631-76382-7


This contribution looks at the life, work and legacy of Ernst Lewy (1881–1966),
the first professor of Finno-Ugric languages in Germany and first editor of the works of
Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Of special interest here is his relationship with Finland and
Finnish linguists such as Emil Öhmann, Yrjö Wichmann and Emil Nestor Setälä. After the
Nazis forced him into retirement, Lewy was interested in emigrating to Finland (among
other destinations). However, this did not work out and instead he went to Ireland where
he was eventually appointed Professor of the Royal Irish Academy and where he lived until
the end of his life. The article also discusses his current standing in linguistics where he has
been described as one of the most underrated figures in language typology.

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