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LINGUIST List 23.5299

Mon Dec 17 2012

All: Obituary: Annemarie Hari (1938-2012)

Editor for this issue: Kristen Dunkinson <kristenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Dec-2012
From: Brian Migliazza <brian_migliazzasil.org>
Subject: Obituary: Annemarie Hari (1938-2012)
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Dr Annemarie Hari died December 5, 2012 in Basel, Switzerland. She was a distinguised linguist with SIL in Nepal, training many junior colleagues and working for the betterment of the Yohlmo language community. Her special contribution was to the study of tone in the Tibeto-Burman languages of Nepal. She had a good ear, was a good language learner and very quickly made herself at home in the languages of Nepal. She used this ability for the benefit of others by compiling one of the very first Nepali language learning courses, ''Conversational Nepali'' in 1971.

After attending Ken Pike's series of workshops on Nepal linguistics in the early 1970s, she made the initial breakthrough in the description of tone in Western Tamang. Annemarie then moved on to study the Thakali and Kagate languages, where she succeeded in proving the validity of her tone insights for a number of related Tibeto-Burman languages.

With this background, Annemarie then went on to Edinburgh where she completed her studies for the Ph.D. with her dissertation, ''Tone in Lhasa Tibetan'' (1977), which was revised and published in 1979 in the Asian-Pacific series of Language Data, under the title, ''An Investigation of the Tones of Lhasa Tibetan.''

In addition, Annemarie was a prime mover in many other publications, including the Yohlmo-Nepali-English Dictionary (2004) and the Yohlmo Grammar Sketch (2010).



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