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LINGUIST List 16.3519

Mon Dec 12 2005

All: Obituary: Jehannes Ytsma (1957-2005)

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Message 1: Obituary: Jehannes Ytsma (1957-2005)
Date: 12-Dec-2005
From: Durk Gorter <dgorterfa.knaw.nl>
Subject: Obituary: Jehannes Ytsma (1957-2005)


Jehannes Ytsma, senior researcher at the Fryske Akademy,
Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, died suddenly Friday afternoon
December 9, 2005, as a consequence of a heart attack at the age of 48.

Since 1 January 1986 he became a specialist in the study of bilingual and
trilingual education. His PhD thesis at the University of Tilburg was on
the acquisition of Frisian among Frisian and Dutch primary school childern.
He has published in Frisian, Dutch and English on many topics, among those
Frisian in education, models of trilingual education, bilingualism in
early childhood, Frisian identity and vitality, interaction in multilingual
families, migration and the integration of newcomers, accents in Dutch,
language attitudes, the Dutchification of Frisian, the sociology of
language in Friesland and the effectiveness of primary education.

He was well-known as the specialist on education in Frisian. He knew the
educational terrain in Friesland very well and all practitioners knew him.
He organized several symposia and in September 2001 he brought the
important International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and
Trilingualism to Ljouwert/Leeuwarden.

He designed the project on effectivity of education which was highly
relevant for educational policy in all of the Netherlands. He has developed
numerous project plans and coordinated the educational research pool. He
still wanted to do so many things.

He managed not only to be a productive scholar and make significant
contributions to his field but he also organized our sailing trips, was a
friend, an inspired colleague and was concerned about the well-being of the
whole institute.


Prof Durk Gorter
Research Group of Social Sciences
Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden


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