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LINGUIST List 19.2076

Mon Jun 30 2008

All: Obituary: Robert deBeaugrande

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        1.    Janina Brutt-Griffler, Obituary: Robert deBeaugrande

Message 1: Obituary: Robert deBeaugrande
Date: 30-Jun-2008
From: Janina Brutt-Griffler <bruttgbuffalo.edu>
Subject: Obituary: Robert deBeaugrande
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am sorry to pass on the news of the death several days ago of Robert
deBeaugrande, a good friend and an outstanding linguist who contributed much to
the inception of text and discourse analysis and to critical discourse linguistics.

Robert helped to develop what was known at one time as the Vienna School of
Textlinguistik, and also to some early work on cognitive linguistics. In his
later work, he contributed to what we now call Critical Discourse Analysis, and
wrote many insightful and incisive analyses of politically charged texts and
issues, combining methods of functional linguistics with the emerging techniques
of computer-based corpus analysis.

Robert had a flamboyant personal style and a strong commitment to progressive
politics. He worked in and supported students in several developing African
nations, in Asia, the mid-East, and Brazil, as well as having a prestigious
appointment for several years at the University of Vienna.

In semi-retirement, he devoted himself to producing a website with full text of
many of his classic and newer publications, making it a treasure house of
information especially for those around the world who cannot afford the
exorbitant prices of academic books today.

The site is at:

Jay Lemke
Educational Studies
University of Michigan

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