Indian-American Prof Braj Kachru dead

Frank Southworth frank.southworth at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 2 15:44:35 EDT 2016


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Dear Colleagues,

It is sad to learn of Braj Kachru's passing. I knew him as an accomplished
scholar and a fine human being. I have good memories of interacting with
him, though it has been many years since we met.

Nothing was said in the notice about Yamuna, whom I knew before her
marriage. I hope she is well, and I offer her my sincere condolences.

Frank Southworth, New York City

On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 10:18 AM, Lakhan GUSAIN <lgusain at hotmail.com> wrote:

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> Posted at: Aug 1, 2016, 9:35 AM; last updated: Aug 1, 2016, 3:29 PM (IST)Indian-American
> Prof Braj Kachru dead
>
>
> Noted Indian-American Professor Emeritus of Linguistics Braj B. Kachru has
> passed away in Urbana. He was 84.
>
> Braj Kachru, a Jubilee Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, faculty of
> Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois in
> Urbana-Champaign, died on July 29. Kachru is survived by his daughter and
> son.
>
>
>
> He was born on May 15 in 1932 in Srinagar. Kachru married Yamuna Keskar
> who died on April 19 in 2013.
> He was a member of the Indian Cultural Society, The Linguistic Society of
> America and the founder of the International Association of World
> Englishes. He coined the term ‘World English’ and published extensive
> studies on Kashmiri.
> At the University of Illinois, Braj headed the Department of Linguistics
> (1968–79), directed the Division of English as an International Language
> (1985–91), and was director of the Center for Advanced Study (June 1996 –
> January 2000).
> At the Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, he was
> appointed director in 1978. He was the president of the American
> Association of Applied Linguistics (1984).
> He was named Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois in
> 1992. In 1998, he became the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Visiting
> Professor at Hong Kong University.
> He went on to become the president of the International Association for
> World Englishes (1997–99), and eventually the Honorary Fellow of the
> Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, (now English and
> Foreign Languages University) in Hyderabad in 2001.
> Kachru authored and edited over 25 books and more than 100 research
> papers, reviews and review articles. He was on the editorial board of
> journals such as the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development,
> International Journal of the Sociology of Languages, Asian Englishes and
> Linguistics and the Human Sciences.
> Along with authoring the prize-winning “The Alchemy of English: The
> Spread, Functions and Models of Non-Native Englishes”, Kachru was also the
> Associate Editor for Contributor to the Cambridge History of the English
> Language and the acclaimed The Oxford Companion to the English Language. —
> PTI
> > >
>
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