WILHELM HEINRICH IMMANUEL BLEEK (1827-1875) ,German philologist, son of
See also:Friedrich Bleek, was
See also:born in 1827 at Berlin . He studied first at
See also:Bonn and afterwards at Berlin, where his
See also:attention was directed towards the philological peculiarities of the South
See also:languages . In his
See also:doctor's dissertation (Bonn, 1851), De nominum generibus linguarum Africae Australis, he endeavoured to show that the Hottentot language was of
See also:North African descent . In 1854 his
See also:health prevented him accompanying Dr W . B .
See also:Baikie in the expedition to the Niger; but in the following
See also:year he accompanied
See also:Bishop Colenso to
See also:Natal, and was enabled to prosecute his researches into the language and customs of the Kaffirs . Towards the close of 1856 he settled at Cape
See also:Town, and in 1857 was appointed interpreter by
See also:Grey . In 1859 he was compelled by
See also:ill-health to visit
See also:Europe, and on his return in the following year he was made librarian of the valuable collection of books presented to the colony by Sir George Grey . In 1869 he visited England, where the value of his services was recognized by a pension from the
See also:list . He died at Cape Town on the 17th of
See also:August 1875 . His
See also:works, which are of considerable importance for African and Australian
See also:philology, consist of the Vocabulary of the Mozambique Language (
See also:London, 1856); Handbook of African, Australian and Polynesian Philology (Cape Town and; London, 3 vols., 1858-1863);
See also:Comparative Grammar of the South African Languages (vol. i., London, 1869); Reynard the
See also:Fox in South Africa, or Hottentot Fables and Tales (London, 1864); Origin of Language (London, 1869) .
FRIEDRICH BLEEK (1793-1859)
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