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 (otalf.let.uva.nl)
Casper de Groot (casperdgalf.let.uva.nl)
Kees Hengeveld (khengeveldalf.let.uva.nl)