Harald Haarmann

Harald Haarmann (* 1946 ) is a German language and culture scholar and author.


Harald Haarmann studied general linguistics, various philological individual disciplines and prehistory at the Universities of Hamburg, Bonn, Coimbra and Bangor. He taught and researched at various German and Japanese universities and is a member of the research team from the Research Centre on Multilingualism (Brussels). Since 2003 he has been Vice President of the Institute of Archaeomythology ( headquartered in Sebastopol, USA) and Director of its European branch (based in Finland).

Harald Haarmann has authored more than 40 books in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, nearly 200 articles and essays in ten languages. He has published around 20 anthologies. His preferred areas of research are cultural and linguistic contacts, text history, language evolution, Archäomythologie and religious history.

For his work he was awarded the Prix logos (1999 ) of the Association européenne of the professeurs linguistes et de langues (Paris) and the Premio Jean Monnet (1999) in the field of essay literature. 2006, the Plato Award awarded him.

Harald Haarmann lives and works in Finland.


  • The mystery of the Danube civilization. The discovery of the oldest European high culture. Beck's series, Munich 2011. ISBN 978-3-40662-210-6.
  • Introduction to the Danube script. Buske, Hamburg, 2010. ISBN 978-3-87548-555-4.
  • The Indo-Europeans - origin, languages, cultures. C. H. Beck knowledge, Volume 2706, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-60682-3.
  • Interacting with figurines. Seven dimensions in the study of imagery. West Hartford, Vermont: Full Circle Press. ISBN 978-0-9790046-3-6 (2009)
  • (Co- author Joan Marler ) Introducing the Mythological Crescent. Ancient beliefs and imagery connecting Eurasia with Anatolia. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. ISBN 978-3-447-05832-2 (2008)
  • World history of numbers. Munich: CH Beck knowledge, Volume 2450 ISBN 3-406-56250-7 (2008).
  • Foundations of culture. Knowledge construction, system and worldview amounted In Their dynamic interplay. Frankfurt, Berlin & New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-631-56685-5 (2007)
  • History of world languages. From the early days of man to the present. Munich: . Beck's series, Volume 1703 ISBN 3-406-55120-3 (2006, 2nd edition 2010)
  • Encyclopedia of the lost peoples. From Akkadians to Cimbri. Munich: . Beck's series, Volume 1643 ISBN 3-406-52817-1 (2005)
  • Black - A small cultural history. Frankfurt, Berlin & New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 3-631-54188-0 (2005)
  • Small dictionary of the peoples. From Aborigines to Zapotec. Munich: . Beck's series, Volume 1593 ISBN 3-406-51100-7 (2004)
  • History of writing. Munich: C. H. Beck knowledge, Volume 2198. ISBN 3-406-47998-7 (2002, 3rd edition 2007)
  • Story of the deluge. In the footsteps of the early civilizations. Munich: Beck's series, Volume 1536, ISBN 3-406-49465- X (2003, 2nd edition 2005 ).
  • Encyclopedia of the lost languages. Munich: . Beck's series, Volume 1456 ISBN 3-406-47596-5 (2002)
  • Language almanac. Facts and figures about all the languages ​​of the world. Frankfurt: Campus. ISBN 3-593-36572-3 (2002)
  • Small dictionary of languages. From Albanian to Zulu. Munich: . Beck's series, Volume 1432 ISBN 3-406-47558-2 (2001, 2nd edition 2002)
  • Babylonian world. History and future of languages. Frankfurt: Campus. ISBN 3-593-36571-5 (2001)
  • The small languages ​​in the world - vulnerability and survival. A comprehensive documentation. Frankfurt, Berlin & New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 3-631-37173- X ( 2001)
  • Universal history of writing. Frankfurt: Campus. ISBN 3-593-34346-0 (1990, 4th edition 1998)
  • The linguistic world of Europe. History and Future of Voice nations from the Atlantic to the Urals. Frankfurt: Campus. ISBN 3-593-34825- X ( 1993)
  • Religion and authority. The path of God without competition. Hildesheim: Olms. ISBN 3-487-10507-1 (1998)
  • The Madonna and her Greek daughters. Reconstruction of a cultural and historical genealogy. Hildesheim: Olms. ISBN 3-487-10163-7 (1996 )
  • Broad language typology. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart among others 1976 ISBN. 3-17-002486-8.
  • Aspects of the complex typology. Narr, Tübingen 1976. ISBN 3-87808-072-7.
  • The Latin Lehnwortschatz in Cymric. Dissertation at the University of Bonn, 1970 ( without ISBN ).