LINGUIST List 24.2096

Fri May 17 2013

All: Obituary: In Memoriam Darrell Tryon

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Date: 17-May-2013
From: Uri Tadmor <>
Subject: Obituary: In Memoriam Darrell Tryon
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The news about the untimely passing of Darrell Tryon deeply saddened all of us at De Gruyter Mouton. Darrell was one of our important authors and editors and contributed tremendously to the development of Mouton’s publication program on languages of the Pacific and on language contact. Our first cooperation was on what would become one of Darrell’s crowning achievements: the editing of the Comparative Austronesian Dictionary (1995). This monumental 5-volume dictionary contains long annotated word-lists compiled by experts on 80 Austronesian languages which Darrell not only edited but for which he also contributed the introduction as well as an important overview article on Austronesian languages. While working on the dictionary, Darrell also co-edited with Tom Dutton a volume on language contact in the Austronesian world (1994) and co-edited with Peter Mühlhäusler and Stephen Wurm the Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific, Asia, and the Americas(1996). In 2004 he co-authored with Jean-Michel Charpentier a seminal volume on pidgins and creoles of the Pacific region. Darrell’s last publication with Mouton was a contribution on language endangerment in Oceania in the volume Language Diversity Endangered 2007, edited by Matthias Brenzinger). We will all miss Darrell’s kindness, charm, and humor as well as his great scholarship.

Uri Tadmor

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