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In memoriam: Randolph Quirk

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We warmly invite colleagues to come to the British Academy to celebrate the life of the eminent linguist and scholar, Professor Lord Randolph Quirk CBE (1920-2017).

Randolph Quirk was born on 12 July 1920 on the Isle of Man. He studied at University College London, where he later became Quain Professor in English Language and Literature. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 1981 to 1985.

Randolph Quirk became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1976 and was knighted in 1985. He was President of the British Academy from 1985 to 1989 and became a life peer as Baron Quirk of Bloomsbury on 12 July 1994.

Quirk is well-known for founding the Survey of English Usage at UCL in 1959, but most of all for the monumental Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985), which he co-authored with Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik. This book, which became known as Quirk et al. is one of the great standard reference grammars of English.

As can be seen by the tributes on this page, Randolph was well-respected and much-loved in equal measure.

If you knew Randolph personally, were inspired by him, or simply would like to learn more about his impact on linguistics and the university, you are more than welcome to attend.



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13:30–14:00 Registration

14:00-14:30 Welcome and introduction: Professor Bas Aarts
14:30-15:00 Professor Dick Hudson
15:00-15:30 Professor Jenny Cheshire
15:30-16:00 Professor Liliane Haegeman

16:00-16:30 Tea

16:30-17:00 Professor David Denison
17:00-17:30 Professor David Crystal

17:30- Drinks and canapés

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