LINGUIST List 32.2472

Mon Jul 26 2021

All: Obituary for Joanna Błaszczak, Part Seven

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Date: 26-Jul-2021
From: Małgorzata Cavar <>
Subject: Obituary for Joanna Błaszczak, Part Seven
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In memory of Joanna Błaszczak, we are circulating a short series of contributions from her colleagues and students.

Her dedication to research, her amazing knowledge, determination, charisma will remain an inspiration to her colleagues, students and friends. She will be sorely missed by many.

Joanna’s website is available here:

Memories and condolences can be shared via

A colloquium in memory of Prof. Błaszczak will be organized by colleagues at the University of Wroclaw, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin and the University of Potsdam. More information will be available soon.

Juliia Globa:

Professor Joanna Blaszczak will be truly missed by anyone who had a chance to meet her and work with her. She was intelligent, kind, and dedicated to science. Her hard work was always an inspiration for many of us from the first meetings. She was not only an indisputable professional in her field but also a wonderful, talented mentor, as well as a sincere interlocutor. I'm thankful that I got an opportunity to know her personally, as she was truly one of a kind. I will miss those lively discussions, the inspiration that came from her, and the friendly, family-like atmosphere that she could create. Now I don't think that there are no irreplaceable people, because professor Blaszczak was surely the one. R. I. P

Wojciech Milczarski:

Professor Joanna Błaszczak was my supervisor at the University of Wrocław at the ETHEL course. I will forever remember her as a very warm and supportive person, that greeted my friends and me in our small group. She treated us like research partners and friends, which felt like a little family. She was a brilliant teacher and world-class scientist, and I will be endlessly grateful to have been under her wings. My memories of her will be cherished, and I will never forget her and her influence on me, which made me grow as a person. Apart from her professional life, Joanna always was a kind, understanding, compassionate person who will be dearly missed by her students, friends, and family.

Anna Borkowska:

Professor Joanna Błaszczak was my supervisor. But she was so much more than that. She was an inspiring woman, who helped me believe in myself, and encouraged me to become a confident, happier version of myself. She was an incredibly kind and warm person. The ETHEL programme, which she coordinated, felt a lot more like a family than anything else. We will all miss her dearly, and I am sure that the advice she gave us will continue to guide us through the rest of our lives.

Małgorzata Cavar:

Joasia’s work filled her life. There was always a long list of projects she was involved in. She would try to fit too much in her calendar, then worry that so much needs to be done, yet somehow still be able to tick one project after the other off the list, diligently, dependably, punctually. She could never do anything half-heartedly. Her papers usually ran longer than the allowed page limit and then she had to figure out how to shorten them. She gave so much to so many, always putting other people before herself. She cared a lot about her students and never declined requests for help. In private, her life was very modest. She liked neutral colors and classical styles. She had a weakness for ice cream.

It is difficult to write dispassionately about the death of a friend. It is futile to search for the meaning of the death of a person at the peak of their capacities. Her passing is so heartbreaking. Joanna had just turned 50. She had just received the title of a ‘presidential’ professor, awarded by the president of Poland. We are all mourning a great scholar, a generous teacher, mentor and colleague who made others thrive. I am mourning a friend. I keep looking at my last message to her, now knowing she will never respond; so out of character for her.

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