Category: In Memoriam

Obituaries of SSILA members and others who have worked with indigenous languages of the Americas

Marion Harry (1937–2019)

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Mrs. Marion Harry of the Homalco First Nation. She was a fluent speaker of the Homalco language, a.k.a. Sliammon/Homalco/Klahoose dialect of the northernmost Coast Salish language. (The language has been referred to as Sliammon, Mainland (dialect) of Comox, or ʔayʔaǰuθəm.) She passed away on […]

In Memoriam: Wallace (Wally) Chafe

It is with great sadness that the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, announces the passing of our dear friend and colleague Professor Wallace (Wally) Chafe, at the age of 91, on February 3, 2019. An exceptionally deep-thinking and broad-ranging scholar, Professor Chafe produced over 230 books, articles, and other publications […]

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 […]

Emiliano Cruz Santiago (1986–2015)

Emiliano Cruz Santiago, an SSILA member and Miahuatec Zapotec-speaking linguist who dedicated his life to documenting his language and culture, has died at the age of 29.  Rosemary Beam de Azcona has written an obituary that includes a list of his publications. Emiliano Cruz Santiago February 8, 1986 – October 27, 2015 Emiliano Cruz Santiago, the Miahuatec Zapotec-speaking […]

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 […]