Evelyn Todd

pnaylor pnaylor at UMICH.EDU
Tue Sep 2 11:36:29 UTC 2008

Thank you, Malcolm for letting us know.

I had the pleasure of a friendly collegial association with Evelyn for  
a good length of time after first meeting her at SICAL in Canberra in  
1978 and subsequently being 'co-contributors' to the Proceedings of  
She will be missed but long remembered for what she did and who she was.

All the best and God bless!

Warmest regards to ALL,Paz

Faculty Associate,Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Retired: Adj. Assoc.Professor,Asian Languages & Cultures
          Program Associate,Linguistics
          Faculty Associate,Center for South & Southeast Asian Studies
Formerly: Assistant Professor,Linguistics
           Lecturer,Teaching Fellow,Romance Languages & Literatures
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Quoting Malcolm Ross <malcolm.ross at anu.edu.au>:

> Colleagues working on Pacific languages will be sad to hear of the
> death of Professor Evelyn Todd, who passed away in her home town,
> Peterborough, Ontario, on 12th March after a series of heart attacks
> and strokes.
> Evelyn joined the Department of Anthropology at Trent University,
> Ontario, as an  Assistant Professor of Anthropology on 1st July 1968,
> received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
> in 1970, and remained on the staff at Trent until her retirement on
> 1st July 1999, by which time she was a full professor.
> Evelyn did pioneer work on the languages of the central and western
> Solomons and Bougainvill̋e. She contributed a chapter on the Papuan
> languages of the Solomons to S.A. Wurm's massive 1975 *New Guinea area
> languages and language study* at a time when she was probably the only
> person who could have made such a contribution. In 1978 she published
> two major articles in the Proceedings of the Second International
> Conference on Austronesian Linguistics. The first was on Roviana
> syntax, and drew attention to the fact that Roviana was syntactically
> unlike all then known Oceanic languages. The other was a grammar
> sketch of Nissan (Nehan), the language of a small island midway
> between Buka Island and New Ireland, which remains the only published
> description of this language. Among other the material in it provides
> information crucial to our understanding of the history of the
> languages of north Bougainville and Buka. In 1980 she published a
> short paper on Qae, an Oceanic language of Guadalcanal, and its
> neighbours.
> Evelyn spent the second half of 1998 in the Department of Linguistics
> of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian
> National University. At that time, her passion was the Papuan language
> Savosavo, a member of the Solomons language family, of which she was
> working on a grammar and a dictionary. Sadly, she was overtaken by ill
> health before this work could be completed.
> Languages of the southwest Pacific were just one of Evelyn's
> interests. She also worked on indigenous Canadian languages,
> particularly Ojibwa.
> We regret the delay in announcing Evelyn's passing, but even in the
> age of the internet, some pieces of news travel at a Melanesian pace.
> - Malcolm Ross
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