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Steinar Schjøtt (1844-1920) was a Norwegian philologist and lexicographer.[1]

Personal life

Steinar Schjøtt was born in 1844 to priest and politician Ole Hersted Schjøtt (1805-1848) and his wife Anna Jacobine, née Olrog,[2] in Porsgrund where his father was stationed as vicar. He was named Stener Johannes Stenersen Schjøtt after professor of theology Stener Johannes Stenersen. In 1845 the family moved to Skien. His older brother Peter Olrog became a politician and philology professor.[1] From that marriage Steinar was brother-in-law of writer Mathilde Schjøtt and uncle of jurist Sofie Schjøtt.[3]


Steinar Schjøtt enrolled at the University of Christiania in 1862 and graduated as cand.mag. in 1870. He used eight languages in academics: Old Norse, Danish, German, English, French, Latin, Greek and of course Norwegian. Within the Norwegian language, he preferred the Landsmål form, hence he Norwegianized his name from the Dano-Norwegian Stener to Steinar.[1]

He was not appointed to a university position, but worked as an upper secondary school teacher in Frederikshald and Skien. He helped translating the Heimskringla to Landsmål, and published books in Norwegian and global history.[4] He then published two large dictionaries in 1908 and 1914.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Harildstad, Gudmund (12 June 1997). "Ein hovding i nynorsk skriftkultur". Dag og Tid. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  2. ^ Opptegnelser fra det gamle Porsgrunn, by Inga Friis. Hosted by Porsgrunn public library.
  3. ^ Aschehoug og Gyldendals Store Norske Leksikon (encyclopedia)
  4. ^ List of publications in BIBSYS


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