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Thread poster: Inga Murariu

Inga Murariu
Moldova
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Sep 13, 2002

Eugenio Coseriu has died on Saturday, September 7th at the age of 81

at Tьbingen/Germany.




Coseriu was one of the most important linguists of the 20th

century. Through his important work, he contributed to a

wide range of subjects: semantics, syntax, translation theory,

variational linguistics, text linguistics, historical linguistics, the

history of linguistics as a discipline, etc. An immense theoretical

and an impressing, in many cases native-like knowledge of all the

Romance languages, Latin and Greek, the Slavic languages, the Germanic

languages and several other languages such as Japanese allowed him to

offer new insights into functional aspects of these languages -- above

all the Romance languages -- and to discover and demonstrate by strong

empirical evidence many structural and typological characteristics.

His work has been distinguished with more then 40 titles of a Doctor

h.c. and honorific titles of many academies and institutions, among

others, of the Linguistic Society of America, the Linguistic Circle of

New York, the Sociйtй de Linguistique Romane etc.



Coseriu was born in

1921 in Romania (city of Balti - today in the Rep. of Moldova) and studied linguistics and philosophy in Romania (Iasi)and

in Rome. After leaving Romania in 1940, where his poems and short

stories were considered as testimony of a new and promising talent for

literature, he worked, in Italy, as translator and art critic and

wrote a thesis in philosophy and another one in Romance philology. In

1951, he went to Montevideo/Uruguay, where during several years of

very intense creative work some of his most important works were

published (some of his works from these days, such as a large

monograph on the theory of proper names, are still unpublished). In

1963, after several stages at different European universities, he

accepted the chair of Romance linguistics at the University of

Tьbingen/Germany, where he lived and worked until his death.



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