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Robert E Longacre

Born: Aug 13, 1922

Death: Apr 20, 2014

Birthplace: Akron

Nationality: United States

Robert E Longacre

Date of Birth : Aug 13, 1922
Date of Death : Apr 20, 2014
Birth Place : Akron

Robert E. Longacre was an American linguist and missionary who worked on the Triqui language and a theory and method of discourse analysis, a text-based approach, quite different from the work of Michel Foucault. He is well known for his seminal studies of discourse structure, but he also made significant contributions in other linguistic areas, especially the historical linguistics of Mixtec, Trique, and other related languages. His PhD was at the University of Pennsylvania under Zellig Harris and Henry Hoenigswald. His 1955 dissertation on Proto-Mixtecan was the first extensive linguistic reconstruction in Mesoamerican languages. This was one of several SIL studies which helped to establish the Oto-Manguean language family as being comparable in time depth to Proto-Indo-European. His research on Trique was the first documented case of a language with five distinct levels of tone. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he taught Linguistics for over 20 years, mostly on topics related to his approach to discourse analysis.

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