LINGUIST List 31.1114

Mon Mar 23 2020

All: Obituary: Professor Wayne O'Neil

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Date: 22-Mar-2020
From: Kai von Fintel <>
Subject: Obituary: Professor Wayne O'Neil
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The Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT is very sad to share that our esteemed and beloved colleague of many decades, Professor Wayne O'Neil, has died. He was chair of the MIT Linguistics program for eleven years (1986-1997) and head of the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy from 1989 to 1997. He guided the department with wisdom, compassion, and skill, longer than any other head. His contributions to the field are marked by the same qualities that he brought to the headship. Aside from a rich and fruitful scholarly life, he and his partner, Professor Maya Honda, worked selflessly to bring linguistics to the wider world, including unstinting work with Native Americans and with students in junior high and high school classrooms. Wherever this duo went, they were met with friendship and gratitude. In his long and fruitful career, Professor O’Neil and his partner and colleague have left behind a host of grateful students and teachers.

-- Kai von Fintel, Head of MIT Linguistics

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