|Alma mater||University of Uppsala|
|Institutions||University of Mainz|
|Main interests||Turkic languages|
Lars Johanson (born 8 March 1936 in Köping, Sweden) is a Swedish Turcologist and linguist, an emeritus professor at the University of Mainz, and docent at the Department of Linguistics and Philology, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
He has been instrumental in transforming the field of Turcology, which was traditionally more philologically oriented, into a linguistic discipline. Apart from his contributions to Turcology, Lars Johanson made a number of pioneering contributions to general linguistics and language typology, in particular to the typology of tense and aspect systems and the theory of language contact.
In the period of 1966–2022 he published about 400 titles, books and scholarly articles. His most important books are Aspekt im Türkischen ('Viewpoint aspect' in Turkish), published in 1971, and Structural factors in Turkic language contacts, published in 2002. His most recent publication, Turkic (Cambridge University Press 2021), constitutes a monumental thousand-page survey of all the Turkic languages in their synchronic, diachronic, typological, areal and cultural dimensions. Chief Editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Turkic Languages and Linguistics, to be published online in 2022 by Brill. In 2022 he and Éva Á. Csató published the second revised edition of the standard reference book The Turkic Languages (Routledge).
He has numerous publications also on Turkish literature. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Turkey.
He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degree in Turkic Studies at the University of Uppsala. For many years he was a Professor of Turcology at the Department of Oriental Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Currently he is an emeritus professor at the University of Mainz and a senior lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and Philology, University of Uppsala, Sweden. A symposium in March 2016 celebrated his career achievements.
He is the editor-in-chief of Turkic Languages.
He was born in 1936 in Köping, Sweden. In 1956–1959 he studied German and Scandinavian languages, Sanskrit and Turcology at the University of Uppsala. In 1961 he took an MA exam in German, Scandinavian languages and Slavic Languages at the same university and in 1963 in Turkic languages. In 1966 he took a doctoral degree ("filosofie licentiat") in Turkic Languages at the University of Uppsala with a thesis "Studien zur reichstürkischen Verbalsyntax".
He has been invited as a visiting professor to several universities and research institutes:
Several Festschriften have been dedicated to Lars Johanson:
He is a member of the "Permanent International Altaistic Conference", "Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft an der Universität Frankfurt", Honorary Member of the "Körösi Csoma Society", Budapest , Societas Uralo-Altaica, the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences of Uppsala and Honorary Member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Central Eurasian Studies Society.
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