Michael Silverstein Death | Passed Away | Obituary
Michael Silverstein Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Michael Silverstein.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
Michael Silverstein passed away. He was a great friend for me. Michael and I started a conversation around 2003, which never ended and covered ultimately almost any imaginable topic. That conversation was, also, invariably crazy, hilarious, thrilling, and the sort of event you can’t break away from. He usually was the smartest, loudest and funniest man in the room (and in the picture, Agha and Rampton appear to agree).
Michael’s influence on the field of linguistic anthropology is immense. It’s fair to say that he was the engine behind the revival of linguistic anthropology in the 1990s and turned it into the most productive, prolific and innovative sector of the study of language in society. Those who missed the linguistic ideology revolution of the 1990s are on another train now.
Michael changed the entire footing in our fields, adding a metapragmatic (ideological) layer to any (f)act of language, and inevitably to “language” itself as a concept and an object. The impact of that is paradigmatic and fundamental. The weight of Michael’s contribution is tremendous.
I wish Michael’s family – Mara, Ariella, and G, all the strength in the world and loads of friends to get it from. And I will forever remember the John Kepke Society meetings starting from Michael & Mara’s place (with a decent quantity of dry martini) and taking us to every small corner of Chicago.
He was a great, great guy.
We are saddened by the death yesterday of linguist and anthropologist Michael Silverstein. In the family of the Survey and Berkeley linguistics — his Harvard PhD advisor Karl Teeter was one of Mary R. Haas’s early PhD students — he taught at the University of Chicago beginning in 1970. In addition to his wide-ranging, erudite, funny writing in theoretical areas of anthropology and linguistics and the history of both fields, he made first-hand contributions to language documentation through his work with Indigenous people in Western Australia and in the US Pacific Northwest, where he consulted some of the last speakers of Kiksht (Chinookan) early in his career. No less important was his active role over many years in supporting (and encouraging linguistic projects for) the Phillips Fund for Native American Research at the American Philosophical Society, of which he was an active member. In this photo from the Survey archives, Silverstein (center) is with Rich Rhodes, Marianne Mithun, and his Doktorgrossmutter (back to camera).
Michael Silverstein, a key founding figure of modern linguistic anthropology, has just died following a battle with cancer. His passing is a great loss for our community. If he has influenced your work, do tell us how #linganth #anthro
Michael Silverstein, a key founding figure of modern linguistic anthropology, has just died following a battle with cancer. His passing is a great loss for our community. If he has influenced your work, do tell us how #linganth #anthrohttps://t.co/Q8lASGIT7m
— Society for Linguistic Anthropology (@soclinganth) July 22, 2020
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