Obituary: Peter Hans Nelde

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Oct 2 16:10:03 UTC 2007

Obituary: Peter Hans Nelde

Dr. Peter Hans Nelde, Professor of Germanic Linguistics and Director
of the Research Center on Multilingualism at the Catholic University
of Brussels (Belgium), died on August 31, 2007 after a long illness.

He established 'contact linguistics' as an integral part of our
discipline, supported by annual international symposia on 'Contact +
Confli(c)t' between linguistic minorities and majorities, and through
the series 'Plurilingua', which he maintained as editor-in-chief.
Peter Nelde had taught at the universities of Buffalo, Gent, Leipzig,
Nijmegen and Vienna and directed the international research project on
linguistic diversity (LINEE) sponsored by the European Union. His long
list of publications includes the International Handbook on Contact
Linguistics (1996/97) and the EUROMOSAIC reports on the linguistic
minorities of Europe (1996, 2004). Peter Nelde had occupied the
Leibniz Chair at the University of Leipzig and was a Knight of the
Royal Belgian Court.

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