LINGUIST List 13.1743

Wed Jun 19 2002

All: Obituary: Franc Jakopin 1921-2002

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  • Donald Reindl, Obituary: Franc Jakopin 1921-2002

    Message 1: Obituary: Franc Jakopin 1921-2002

    Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 23:40:03 +0000
    From: Donald Reindl <>
    Subject: Obituary: Franc Jakopin 1921-2002

    On 20 June the Slovenian daily newspaper "Delo" announced the death of the Slovenian linguist Franc Jakopin. I have translated the article below.

    - Donald F. Reindl

    "Dr. Franc Jakopin, a member of the Academy and linguist, Slavist, lexicographer and one of the most visible of Slovenian onomasticians, died on Tuesday [18 June, 2002]. He was born 29 September 1921 in Dramlje pri Celje, and received his degree in Slavic studies at the University of Ljubljana in 1949. He continued his education at a number of universities abroad, particularly in the Soviet Union. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 with a dissertation on Slovenian anthroponymy. He taught as a professor of Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian at the University of Ljubljana for many years, and became a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) in 1989. "Jakopin's field of activities was wide and varied; among other things, he was a member of the preparatory committee, and for some years president, of the Seminar for the Slovenian Language, director of the Fran Ramovs Institute for the Slovenian Language ZRC SAZU, a member and for some time president of the chief editorial committee for the unabridged Slovenian academy dictionary [the SSKJ] and of the commission for the Slovenian normative orthographic dictionary ["pravopis"], a co-editor and editor of the journals "Jezik in slovstvo" ["Language and Literature"] and "Slavisticna revija" ["The Slavic Review"], linguistics editor for the Encyclopedia of Slovenia and author of articles for it, an author of textbooks and popular handbooks (among others, a Russian-Slovenian dictionary for schools, a grammar of the Russian literary language, and Slovenian-language textbooks for Slovenes abroad). Franc Jakopin was our most prominent specialist in Russian and East Slavic linguisti! cs, but he also took an interest in Slovenian linguistic matters, which he addressed from a broad linguistic perspective."

    Language-Family: Slavic Subgroup; Code: IEL