Robert E. Longacre’s Obituary in LinguistList

SIL Linguist and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington Robert E. Longacre passed away recently. This morning, his obituary appeared on

You can read the full thing here: Obituary of Robert E. Longacre

Here’s a great quote:

“He enjoyed joking with his students. He used to call his book ”The Grammar of this Course” and Joseph E Grimes’s book ”The Threat of this Course.” Also an inveterate punster, he delighted in word plays of all kinds, such as: Tricky (Trique) and The Great Mistake (Mixtec).”

Longacre’s contributions to the linguistic world were numerous. He will be missed.