LINGUIST List 12.2879

Thu Nov 15 2001

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  1. John Goldsmith, Obituary: Nicolas Ruwet

Message 1: Obituary: Nicolas Ruwet

Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 12:59:08 -0800
From: John Goldsmith <>
Subject: Obituary: Nicolas Ruwet

Nicolas Ruwet passed away yesterday in France at the age of 68. 

Nicolas had a passion for music and poetry, and he was deeply concerned
with history and linguistics. He was heavily influenced early in his
linguistic career by Roman Jakobson, and later by Noam Chomsky, and
Ruwet came to be central to the development of generative grammar in
France and in Europe more generally, through his work at the Universit�
de Paris VIII, first at Vincennes, later St. Denis. Much of his early
influence came through his book Introduction � la grammaire g�n�rative,
which was published in 1967, just before the events of 1968 in Paris.
Over the following three decades he published a number of collections of
essays on linguistics and aesthetics as well as translations. He had
recently retired from the Universit� de Paris VIII (St. Denis).

John A. Goldsmith
Department of Linguistics, The University of Chicago
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