Johanna Narten
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Johanna Narten
Johanna Narten
Prof. Dr. Johanna Narten.jpg
Born(1930-10-05)5 October 1930
Died15 July 2019(2019-07-15) (aged 88)
Known forNarten presents
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Saarland
ThesisDie sigmatische Aoriste im Veda (1964)
Doctoral advisorKarl Hoffmann
Academic work
Sub-disciplineIndo-European linguistics
InstitutionsUniversity of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Johanna Narten (5 October 1930 - 15 July 2019),[1] was a German Indo-Europeanist and linguist who discovered the reconstructed morphological category in Proto-Indo-European now known as the Narten present.[2][3] She was Professor of Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Linguistics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften.[1]


Narten studied classical philology at the University of Saarland, moving to the University of Erlangen in 1955 to work on Indo-European linguistics, in particular Indo-Iranian linguistics--especially Vedic Sanskrit and Avestan--with Karl Hoffmann, under whose supervision she produced a dissertation, "Die sigmatische Aoriste im Veda" [The Sigmatic Aorists in the Veda] (1964), which has been described[by whom?] as 'a brilliant masterwork'.[4] Later she published "Zum 'proterodynamischen' Wurzelpräsens" [On the Proterodynamic Root-Present] (1968), in which she showed the existence of a class of verbs that feature a lengthened e-grade in the present i.e. the Narten present.[3] In 1995, she became the first woman admitted as a full member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities).[5][6]

A Festschrift was published in 2000 to honour her 70th birthday: Anusantatyai: Festschrift für Johanna Narten zum 70. Geburtstag.[4]

Selected publications

  • Narten, Johanna (1964). Die sigmatischen Aoriste im Veda. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz.
  • Narten, Johanna (1982). Die Amea Spe?tas im Avesta. Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz. ISBN 3447022000.
  • Narten, Johanna (1986). Der Yasna Haptanh?iti. Wiesbaden: L. Reichert. ISBN 3882262834.
  • Narten, Johanna; Hoffmann, Karl (1989). Der Sasanidische Archetypus: Untersuchungen zu Schreibung und Lautgestalt des Avestischen. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag. ISBN 9783882264708.
  • Narten, Johanna (1995). Kleine Schriften (hrsg. von Marcos Albino und Matthias Fritz). Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag. ISBN 9783882268485.


  1. ^ a b "Prof. Dr. Johanna Narten". Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Narten, Johanna (1968). "Zum "proterodynamischen" Wurzelpräsens". Pratid?nam: Indian, Iranian and Indo-Iranian Studies Presented to F. B. J. Kuiper on His Sixtieth Birthday. (In German), the Hague: Mouton: 9-19.
  3. ^ a b Rose, Sarah (2013-09-24). "'Narten' Presents". Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics.
  4. ^ a b Anusantatyai : Festschrift für Johanna Narten zum 70. Geburtstag. Narten, Johanna., Hintze, Almut., Tichy, Eva, 1951-. Dettelbach: Röll. 2000. ISBN 3897541815. OCLC 46341428.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Timeline". Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Willoweit, Dietmar (2009). "Aus der gelehrten-gemeinschaft" (PDF). Akademie Aktuell: Zeitschrift der bayerischen Akademie des Wissenschaften: 19.

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