LINGUIST List 21.3144

Mon Aug 02 2010

All: Obituary: Hans den Besten

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        1.    Hans Bennis, Obituary: Hans den Besten

Message 1: Obituary: Hans den Besten
Date: 02-Aug-2010
From: Hans Bennis <>
Subject: Obituary: Hans den Besten
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On 19 July 2010, Hans den Besten passed away at home in Amsterdam. Hans was a broad and multi-talented linguist working in different fields of linguistics. He was an influential scholar in theoretical syntax (e.g. his articles on verb placement and wh-movement in Germanic), Dutch linguistics, creole studies (including Negerhollands), the study of Afrikaans, contact linguistics, the study of Yiddish and etymology. In all these areas he was a master of careful observation, without losing track of more general implications. We will miss his inspiring presence, his clever reactions, his dedication and his inexhaustible knowledge. He was a sympathetic and loyal colleague and friend.

Hans den Besten was employed by the University of Amsterdam since 1974, in the last decade as an associate professor and a prominent member of the Amsterdam graduate school in linguistics (ACLC). In addition, he had an appointment as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) as of 2007. He inspired generations of students and young researchers.

Hans was 61 years old. During his last years Hans was increasingly handicapped by Parkinson's disease. Nevertheless he continued to be active in linguistics until his last moments. He will be cremated on Friday, August 6. The official ceremony starts at 9:45 am in Crematorium Westgaarde, Ookmeerweg 275, Amsterdam.

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