Biography of the World's Greatest Linguists Jacob Grimm

About the biography of Jacob Grimm one of the greatest linguists in history and the world.

THE WORLD'S GREATEST LINGUISTS

JACOB GRIMM (1785-1863)

He formulated the philological law known as Grimm's Law, which describes "the first Germanic consonant shift" in Indo-European languages. Besides his work in comparative philology and the many languages he mastered, Grimm collected with his brother, Wilhelm, the world-famous Grimm's Fairy Tales (1812) and planned and inaugurated the great German Dictionary (1852). The dictionary was finally completed by other scholars in 1960--supposedly the world's longest literary gestation.

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