Nils Holmer

Nils Holmer (1904–1994) was a Swedish linguist, whose primary early focus of study was Celtic languages.

Nils Holmer
Known forwork in Scottish Gaelic linguistics
Scientific career
Fieldslinguistics, Celtic studies


Holmer carried out significant fieldwork into Scottish Gaelic, in particular the southern dialects of Kintyre, Arran and Argyll and published several key books and articles on the topic.[1] He was professor of linguistics at Lund University between 1949-1969 and is notable as the only Swede to have three articles published in the journal Language.[2]

Unusually, he carried out fieldwork across a wide range of languages across several continents, including Irish, Basque, Siouan languages, Algonquian languages, Iroquoian languages, the Central American language Kuna and the South American language of Choco and Wayuu and Australian Aboriginal languages.[1]


  1. Chelliah, S. and de Reuse, Willem The History of Linguistic Fieldwork (2011) Springer ISBN 978-90-481-9025-6
  2. Sigurd, Bengt Svensk språkforskning under 1900-talet Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings

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