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LINGUIST List 21.2074

Mon May 03 2010

All: Obituary: Ali-Muhammad Haghshenas-Laari, 1940-2010

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        1.    Muhammad-Reza Fakhr-Rohani, Obituary: Ali-Muhammad Haghshenas-Laari, 1940-2010

Message 1: Obituary: Ali-Muhammad Haghshenas-Laari, 1940-2010
Date: 03-May-2010
From: Muhammad-Reza Fakhr-Rohani <fxr41yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Obituary: Ali-Muhammad Haghshenas-Laari, 1940-2010
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Dr. Ali-Muhammad Haghshenas-Laari, the top Iranian linguist, translator,
lexicographer, and literary critic, passed away on Friday, 30 April 2010 in
Tehran. Born at Jahrom, a city near Shiraz, southern Iran, on 4 May 1940,
he received his first academic degree in Persian literature from the
Advanced Teacher's College, Tehran. Then he went to the School of Oriental
and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and received his
PhD in 1971 on a study of Persian lexical stress in the dialect of Tehran.
In London, he had the opportunity of teaching Persian, too. Soon after
finishing his studies, he returned to Tehran in 1972. Since his return to
Tehran, he held the post of professorship of linguistics at the Department
of Linguistics, of the University of Tehran. As a top Iranian linguist, he
contributed several seminal works to the community of linguists both in
Iran and abroad. He also served as a top consultant to a number of leading
academic circles in Iran. Haghshenas-Laari proved a really outstanding and
prolific academic. From amongst his numerous works the following can be
mentioned: 'Phonetics', 'English-Persian Dictionary', and translations of
linguistics classics, e.g., L. Bloomfield's 'Language', E. Sapir's
'Language', R. H. Robins's 'Short History of Linguistics'. He supervised
many MA theses and PhD dissertations as well. He was also selected as a
Permanent Academic Figure in Iran; some of his works won him National
Iranian Book Awards, too. The Iranian community of linguists and literary
critics will always remember him, for he proved a truly role model for
whoever aspired to make an enthusiastic academic. Not only the University
of Tehran but also the whole Iranian academics will remember him and
cherish his memory for his hard work, perseverance, and admirable patience.
His funeral took place on Monday, 3 May 2010. May his soul receive the
Divine grace in Paradise. Amen!

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                            General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Farsi, Western (pes)

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