Indian-American Prof Braj Kachru dead

Frank Southworth frank.southworth at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 2 21:14:41 EDT 2016


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Dear Colleagues,
Since writing my earlier message, I've learned from Indira Junghare's
letter that Yamuna has also passed away. I am very sad to hear that, as she
was also a very impressive scholar and a valued colleague.

Frank Southworth

On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 3:44 PM, Frank Southworth <frank.southworth at gmail.com
> wrote:

> 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:
>
>> VYAKARAN: South Asian Languages and Linguistics Net Editors: Tej K.
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>> http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/indian-american-prof-braj-kachru-dead/274370.html
>>
>> 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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