Alexandru Philippide, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Alexandru Philippide

linguist and philologist

Date of Birth: 01-May-1859

Place of Birth: Bârlad, Vaslui County, Romania

Date of Death: 12-Aug-1933

Profession: librarian, historian, university teacher, classical scholar, romanist, philologist, literary historian, linguist

Nationality: Romania

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Alexandru Philippide

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  • Philippide (Romanian pronunciation: [alek'sandru fili'pide]; May 1, 1859 – August 12, 1933) was a Romanian linguist and philologist.
  • Educated in Ia?i and Halle, he taught high school for several years until 1893, when he secured a professorship at the University of Ia?i that he would hold until his death forty years later.
  • He began publishing books on the Romanian language around the time he graduated from university, but it was not until he became a professor that he drew wider attention, thanks to a study of the language's history.
  • Although not particularly ideological, he penned sharp, witty polemics directed at various intellectual figures, both at home and, in one noted case, in Germany. In 1898, Philippide began work on a Romanian dictionary; by 1906, he and his team had completed the first four letters of the alphabet before others took over the task.
  • His major work, which appeared in two hefty volumes in 1925 and 1928, brings together a wide range of ancient sources and linguistic evidence to analyze the ethnogenesis of the Romanians and the development of their language.
  • Although attacked for parochialism by one set of academics, the students he trained carried forth his ideas by forming the core of an Ia?i-based linguistic school.

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