LINGUIST List 14.1719

Tue Jun 17 2003

All: Obituary: Henry Hoenigswald (1915-2003)

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  1. reynolds, Obituary: Henry Hoenigswald

Message 1: Obituary: Henry Hoenigswald

Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 14:38:25 -0400
From: reynolds <>
Subject: Obituary: Henry Hoenigswald

Linguists will be sorry to hear of the death on June 16 in Haverford,
Pa. of Henry Hoenigswald, Professor Emeritus of |Linguistics at the
University of Pennsylvania. Henry Hoenigswald (1915-2003) was trained
as a classicist and an Indo-Europeanist in Germany, Switzerland and
Italy and taught most of his life at the University of
Pennsylvania. He worked both in Indo-European and Classical
linguistics and in the theory of historical linguistics, to which he
contributed some of the first and most important attempts at
formalization of the techniques of historical reconstruction and
comparison. He was President of the LSA in 1958. Henry never stopped
working and his last paper on a point of classical metre was written
three weeks before his death. A number of students and colleagues owe
him steady support and help which continued through all of their
career. He leaves two daughters.
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