The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Category: In Memoriam

In Memoriam – John Asher Dunn

John Asher Dunn, a long-time researcher in the Tsimshian (Sm’algyax) language, died on July 4, 2017 in Oklahoma City.  He was born June 19, 1939.  He earned a BA degree in Philosophy from St. John’s College in Collegeville, MN and received his PhD in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1969.  He […]

Richard Andrew Silas 1951-2016

Richard Andrew Silas 1951-2016 Willem de Reuse’s note:  this was one of the 7 fluent speakers of Han Athabaskan, so there are now 6 left. Richard Andrew Silas was born Nov. 2, 1951, to Charles Silas Sr. and Nancy Malcolm Silas in Eagle. He was the second oldest child of six children born in the […]

Alice Anderton (1949-2016)

SSILA mourns the loss of an important scholar and activist, Alice Anderton. Alice received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA in 1988, and her dissertation was entitled The language of the Kitanemuks of California. She published primarily on Uto-Aztecan languages (Kitanemuk, Comanche), but was active in advocacy for native languages in general, and Oklahoma languages […]

Hans-Jürgen Sasse (1943-2015)

SSILA was sorry to hear of the death of Hans-Jürgen Sasse on Jan 14, 2015. Sasse studied Linguistics, Indo-European, Semitics and Balkanology in Berlin, Thessaloniki and Munich. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1970 in Munich by the Department of Semitic Languages for his dissertation Linguistische Analyse des arabischen Dialekts der Mhallamiye in der Provinz Mardin […]

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