LINGUIST List 9.1362

Thu Oct 1 1998

Books: Biography

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  1. Johanna Laakso, G. J. Ramstedt, Biography

Message 1: G. J. Ramstedt, Biography

Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 23:52:31 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Johanna Laakso <>
Subject: G. J. Ramstedt, Biography

Memoires de la Societe Finno-Ougrienne Vol. 229: Biliktu Bakshi. The
Knowledgeable Teacher. G. J. Ramstedt's Career as a Scholar, by Harry
Halen. VIII + 371 + 16 p. + 1 map. ISBN 952-5150-16-X (pb.), 952-5150-17-8

Gustaf John Ramstedt (1873-1959) is one of the brightest stars in the
history of Finnish learning. Almost entirely due to his own field
research and the reliable material he gathered he became the pioneer of
comparative Altaic philology, virtually a new discipline. During his ten
years in the Far East, as charge d'affaires of the newly independent
Finland, Ramstedt became interested in the origins of Korean. This
little-studied field occupied him for the rest of his life even at the
expense of projects which he had commenced earlier. The present work is
intended as a short recapitulation of the main events of G. J. Ramstedt's
multi-faceted life.

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