Professor Gösta Bruce (1947-2010)

21 Jun

Eminent Linguistics Professor loses battle to cancer

Prof. Gösta Bruce at the "Word Accents and Tones in Sentence Perspective" Symposium held in his honour for his 60th birthday, in 2007. Picture by Ida Thelander/Joost van de Weijer.

Lund University, the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics at SOLcentrum as well as the international phonetics community are mourning the passing of Professor Gösta Bruce, known worldwide for his expertise and ground-breaking research in the field of prosody.

Professor Bruce was also project leader of SweDia 2000, a publicly-accessible library of Swedish dialects from all over the country.

The International Phonetics Association, of which Prof. Bruce had been President since 2007, has released a public message of condolences.

Private messages and testimonies (such as this post by Professor John Wells of the University College London) have also begun to circulate; more are certain to follow.

The funeral will held July 1 at the Lund Domkyrka. The family has requested that, instead of flowers, donations be made to the International Phonetic Association.


3 Responses to “Professor Gösta Bruce (1947-2010)”

  1. The Dynamo June 21, 2010 at 22:27 #

    Professor Mark Liberman, University of Pennsylvania, also expresses his respect for the work of Gösta Bruce here.

  2. The Dynamo June 21, 2010 at 22:40 #

    There was a nice feature (in Swedish, Google translation here) on the young-at-heart, then 60 year-old phonetician in the Skåne newspaper Sydsvenskan in 2007 – it seems the Professor was also a quite good long-jumper… Very touching in light of his passing. This same publication has now put out a piece to the memory of Gösta Bruce, calling him a “Swedish Champion” (in Swedish, Google translation here).

    Sincere condolences to his loved ones.

  3. The Dynamo July 4, 2010 at 00:46 #

    Gösta Bruce’s “Friends and colleagues at the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, the Center for Languages and Literature, and the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University, Sweden” have posted a moving obituary.

    Note a memorial fund has been created by the International Phonetics Associations in memory of Professor Bruce – more information can be found and donations can be made here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: