LINGUIST List 26.2798

Mon Jun 08 2015

All: Obituary: Charles E. Townsend

Editor for this issue: Malgorzata Cavar <>

Date: 08-Jun-2015
From: Laura A. Janda <>
Subject: Obituary: Charles E. Townsend
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Charles E. Townsend died peacefully at his home on June 7, 2015 surrounded by his family members.

Townsend was a legendary figure in Slavic linguistics and the author of many influential books and articles on a wide range of topics, with special focus on Russian morphology, spoken Prague Czech, and comparative analysis of Slavic languages. After studying with and then teaching alongside Roman Jakobson at Harvard in the early sixties, Townsend joined the faculty at Princeton University in 1966, where he served as chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures for over thirty years.

Townsend was an indefatigable mentor committed to bringing up new generations of scholars and is fondly remembered by his colleagues and former students, who presented him with a festschrift in 2002. An In Memoriam tribute will be published in the summer-fall issue of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics.

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Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

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