LINGUIST List 6.360

Sat 11 Mar 1995

FYI: In Memoriam Simon C. Dik

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    IN MEMORIAM SIMON C. DIK (1940-1995)

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death, on march 1, 1995, of Simon C. Dik, one of the world's leading theoreticians in functional linguistics. Simon had occupied the chair of General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam for 25 years when in 1994 his illness, which had manifested itself two years earlier, forced him to resign. During these 25 years he developed the theory of Functional Grammar, the foundations for which had been laid in his 1968 dissertation on coordination. As far as his illness allowed him, Simon continued working on the further development of this theory until his death. The results of this work, the two-volume 'The Theory of Functional Grammar', will be published posthumously .

    During his career Simon has been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, both as a teacher and as a scholar, for his colleagues and students. The significance of his work for the field of linguistics and the effectivity of the enormous energy which he put into promoting linguistic research deserve our recognition and gratitude.

    We, members of the community of linguists working within the framework of Functional Grammar, especially feel the loss of our personal contacts with him. We gratefully acknowledge his unending and invaluable involvement in the progress of linguistic research until the very end.

    Simon leaves behind his wife Willy, his daughters Iris and Hester, and his son Remco.

    Machtelt Bolkestein ( Casper de Groot ( Kees Hengeveld (