Paul Tedesco, Ph.D.

Language and Literatures, Linguistics Yale University, New Haven, CT 
Historical Linguistics
"Paul Tedesco"

Paul Tedesco was born May 5, 1898, in Vienna, Austria. He was Jewish. He studied linguistics at Vienna University. No copy of his probably handwritten 1920 dissertation on Das iranische Partizipia-Präteritum can be located. The only information on the thesis that we still have is the report written by Bernhard Geiger, who had supervised the dissertation project. In 1925 Tedesco submitted Dialektologie der westiranischen Turfantexte as part of his habilitation project. He was rejected. From 1924 to 1936 he taught in various secondary schools in Vienna. In 1938 he was able to leave Austria and emigrate to the United States. Both his mother and his brother fell victims to Nazi persecution. From 1941 until his retirement in 1966 Tedesco was attached to Yale University-from 1960 onwards in the function of Edward E. Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology. Paul Tedesco died December 17, 1980, in New Haven. Schmitt 2003-2004 offers an account of Tedesco's biography together with a very competent presentation and scholarly assessment of his publications and a full bibliography of his writings.
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