In memoriam: Eugeniu Coseriu
Thread poster: Inga Murariu

Inga Murariu
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Sep 13, 2002

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

at Tübingen/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 Société 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monograph on the theory of proper names, are still unpublished).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

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

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schmurr  Identity Verified
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thanks! Sep 13, 2002

I always listen to the newscasts, but strangely this event was considered unimportant by the German media!

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Andrei Albu  Identity Verified
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Eugeniu Coseriu Sep 13, 2002

May God rest his soul in peace!

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Patricia Lutteral  Identity Verified
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Thanks Sep 13, 2002

Everyone working with languages owes Coseriu very much.

The news wasn\'t given much visibility in Argentina either.

I second Andrei; may he rest in peace.


[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-09-15 13:16 ]

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Jane Lamb-Ruiz  Identity Verified
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Does someone have a short bibliography? Sep 13, 2002

Any short bibliographies of his works?

Thank you.

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Inga Murariu
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bibliography Sep 14, 2002

Jane, please check this site:

I hope you find it useful.


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