oa Alternation - Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel Bleek (1827-1875): his contribution to the study of Southern African Cultures

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Jakob Grimm (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm (1786-1859) have become a household name through their collection of fairy tales (1812 & 1815:Vols. 1 & 2); they laid the foundation for modern Germanic Philology through their research in the fields of Mythology and Comparative Linguistics, which resulted in among others two volumes of Deutsche Sagen (German Sagas), a Deutsche Grammatik (German Grammar) and the first three volumes of the thirty-two volumes strong Deutsches Wrterbuch (German Dictionary) completed in 1960-in much the same way Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel Bleek has made an opening for the study of African Languages and Literatures.

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