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Mon Feb 04 2008

All: Obituary: Celia Jakubowicz

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        1.    Maria Luisa Zubizarreta, Obituary: Celia Jakubowicz

Message 1: Obituary: Celia Jakubowicz
Date: 02-Feb-2008
From: Maria Luisa Zubizarreta <zubizarrusc.edu>
Subject: Obituary: Celia Jakubowicz
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This is to announce to the larger linguistic community the loss of our esteemed
colleague and friend Celia Jakubowicz on January 10, 2008.

Celia studied Psychology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she received
her Licencia de Psicologia in 1963. From 1964-1966, with a fellowship of the
Conicet (Consejo Nacional de la Investigación Cientifica y Tecnica), she
continued her studies in Paris, where she engaged in experimental research on
the integration of temporal visual stimuli under the supervision of Paul
Fraisse, then director of the Laboratoire de Pyschologie Expérimentale at the
Sorbonne (Université Réné Descartes). In 1967, she joined the CNRS (Centre
National de Research Scientifique) as Attaché de Recherche. In 1971, she
completed her dissertation in Psychology on language development (On the
comprehension of negative sentences). From 1971-1976, she returned to Argentina,
as co-director of the Instituto de Investigaciones en Epistemología y Psicología
Genética in Buenos Aires ; she also joined the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)
as Professor of Developmental Psychology.

In 1976, shortly after the tragic military coup in Argentina, Celia returned to
France and rejoined her alma mater (Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale,
Université René Descartes), where she developed a research project on language
comprehension and production. After an inspirational meeting with Noam Chomsky
at the Royaumont Conference in 1980, Celia decided to embark on a new research
project on innate aspects of language development. She spent three and a half
years at MIT (1981-1985). In 1985, she returned to her lab in Paris to continue
her new language acquisition projects with children, as well as with adult
aphasics; she also began teaching at the Université Paris 8 (St-Denis). In 1995,
with her characteristic energy and enthusiam, Celia began yet a new research
project, namely on the development of language in children with SLI (Selective
Language Impairment). She directed numerous dissertations at Université Paris 5
and Paris 8 on this subject, and created interdisciplinary research groups
across several institutions in France and abroad to enhance research on SLI. Her
research was an attempt to formulate a syntactic calculus that could account for
the properties of language development in SLI children. She published
extensively and edited two important works on this topic. Celia was named
Directeur de Recherche Emérite shortly before her death. Her intellectual drive
and generosity will be deeply missed.

Juan Segui (Laboratoire de Pyschologie Expérimentale) and
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta (University of Southern California)

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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