Two Pre-Modern Etymologists: The Connections between Johann Georg Wachter (1663–1757) and Johan Ihre (1707–1780)

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November 2010, Volume53(Issue2) Page127To137

In 1737 the German philologist Johann Georg Wachter (1663–1757) published an etymological dictionary of the German language, Glossarium Germanicum . This book had a great influence on the most prominent Swedish philologist of the eighteenth century, Johann Ihre (1707–1780), professor at Uppsala University. In 1769 Ihre published, along the same lines as Wachter's work, a Swedish etymological dictionary. The present article aims at tracing Wachter's influence on Ihre, and is partly based on manuscript evidence.

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doi: 10.1179/175975310X12798962415305