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Memorial Service for Professor Braj Kachru, November 17 / Symposium November 17-18

10/21/2016  8:00 am

Professor Braj Kachru passed away on July 29, 2016 at the age of 84. People from around the world have paid tributes to his prodigious accomplishments and contributions to the department, university, the field of linguistics, English, and India studies, as well as his qualities as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and builder of institutions. 

The Department of Linguistics, in cooperation with the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is organizing a memorial service – a celebration of his life -- and symposium in honor of Prof. Kachru at Urbana on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, 2016. 

The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 in Room 210, Illini Union and will include tributes from administrators, colleagues, friends and family, and it will be followed by a reception. A one-day academic symposium focused on the contributions and impact of Prof. Kachru will be held on Friday, November 18. Details of this event will be announced shortly.

Contacts: James Yoon (, Rakesh Bhatt(,Rajeshwari Pandharipande ( Department of Linguistics: 271-333-3563.

Professor Kachru pioneered, shaped, and defined the scholarly field of world Englishes. He was the founder and coeditor of World Englishes, associate editor of the The Oxford Companion to the English Language, and a contributor to the Cambridge History of the English Language. His research on world Englishes, the Kashmiri language and literature, and theoretical and applied studies on language and society resulted in more than 25 authored and edited volumes and more than 100 research papers, review articles, and reviews.