Reinhart Johannes

Corresponding members V. Department of Philological Sciences
Reinhart Johannes

Date of birth:

  • 1951

Place of birth:

  • Vienna, Austria


Reinhart Johannes

Corresponding members V. Department of Philological Sciences

Academic titles:

  • PhD, professor

Membership in the Academy:

  • corresponding member – Department of Philological Sciences (2014 – …)

Johannes Reinhart was born on March 2, 1951, in Vienna. In 1979, he graduated from the University of Vienna with a bachelor’s degree in Slavic studies and general linguistics with a dissertation of Research on the Technique of Translation of Czech-Church Slavonic homily by Gregory the Great. He also studied at the University of Bonn and the University of Prague, and taught German at the University of Moscow. From 1979 to the end of 2019, he has worked at the Slavic Institute of the University of Vienna (since 1997 as an associate professor). The theme of his habilitation was Untersuchungen zur Syntax des Kroatisch-Kirchenslavischen. Das glagolitische Missale Romanum (1994);
The distinguished Austrian Slavist J. Reinhart devoted much of his research, among other Paleoslavist themes, to the Croatian Church Slavonic language and the Croatian Glagolitic literature of the Middle Ages, especially the relations between Croatian Glagolitic and Czech literature, a topic that partly continues the research of the Croatian philologist Stjepan Ivšić.

He discovered Czech sources in Croatian Glagolitic manuscripts, translations from the Old Bohemian language created in the period when Croatian Glagolitics were active in the Emmaus Monastery in Prague (1347 – 1419), where a rich mutual Croatian and Czech translation literary and cultural activity developed, and a peculiar chapter was created in the Czech and Croatian literary and cultural history of the Middle Ages.

He also identified other sources and contents of Croatian Glagolitic manuscripts and wrote numerous articles and studies on them. Prof. Johannes Reinhart is one of the best connoisseurs of Croatian Glagoliticism and certainly the best connoisseur of the Croatian Church Slavonic language outside Croatia. He gave a considerable contribution to his study at all levels, from graphium and phonology to lexicons and, in particular, syntax. His habilitation work (500 pp.) on the syntax of the Croatian Church Slavonic language was rated as one of the best monographs on Croatian Glagoliticism.

He also joined the scientific project Gramatika hrvatskoga crkvenoslavenskoga jezika of  the Old Slavic Institute in Zagreb and for this Gramatika he  wrote a chapter on the syntax of the Croatian Church Slavonic language.  He speaks excellent Croatian language and often participates in scientific conferences in Croatia. He is a member of the editorial board of Slovo, a journal of the Old Church Slavonic Institute. He speaks Croatian fluently and often lectures at scientific conferences in Croatia. He has published about 150 scientific and professional papers and made an exceptional contribution to the research of the linguistic and literary culture of the Croatian Middle Ages.

Since 2014, he has been a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.