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Raimund G. Piotrovskij Passed Away
On August 4, 2009, Russian linguist
Professor Raimund Genrichovič Piotrovskij passed away at the age of 87.
Raimund Genrichovič, who was born in Rubežnaja (Ukraine) on august 17,
1922, grew up in a Belorussian-Polish-German family. In 1944, he
graduated from the Philological Faculty (Department for Romanic
languages) at Leningrad University. After his Ph.D. in 1947, he further
qualified for his academic carreer with his habilitation in 1956.
Raimund Genrichovič worked at various academic institutions of the
former Soviet Union (Leningrad University, Leningrad Pedagogical
University, Moldavian Academy of Sciences); until his last days, he
worked at the Alexander Herzen Pedegogical University in Saint
Petersburg, where he had the position of a Professor for Romanic
languages and was Head of the Department for Computer Linguistics. He
was a member of many academic institutions, both in Russia and abroad;
thus, among others, he was a Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy
of Sciences, Actual Member of the Cybernetic Academy Odobleja, Honorary
Professor of the UNESCO, Member of the International Society for
Computer Linguistics and, of course, of the International Quantitative
Being the mentor and head of the group Statistiska reči,
Raimund Genrichovič became internationally most renowned. From the
1960s on, this group of experts, comprising for then 200 specialists
from the fields of linguistics, information science, statistics and
mathematics, as well as psychology, has had enormous impact on the
appearance of Russian and Soviet statistical linguistics, for more than
thirty years. All participants of this group have significantly
contributed to the appearance of quantitative linguistics by pursuing
the study of linguistic structures in an interdisciplinary approach.
The group's activities are well documented in the many volumes of Статистика
речи and Статистика текста, published
under Raimund Genrichovič's responsibility from 1968-88. Raimund
Genrichovi's 1968 book Информационные измериная яазыка are a pioneering
work in the realm of measurement of information. His Инженерная
лингвистика (1979) particularly focuses on questions of
On the occasion of his 80th birthday, volume 10 of the Journal of
Quantitative Linguistics was devoted to Raimund Genrichovič. In
quantitative linguistics, Raimund Genrichovič's name will remain to be
closely associated with the Piotrovskij Law, which concerns the S-shape
form of language change. In his last years,
Raimund Genrichovič devoted much of his interest to synergetic
linguistics (cf. 2006), and he was one of the editors of the
International Handbook of Quantitative Linguistics.
With Raimund Genrichovič Piotrovskij's death, the international
quantitative linguistics scene has lost one of its great bearers. He
will remain in our memory.
New IQLA Council Elected
On September 17, 2009, on occasion of IQLA Business Meeting during
Qualico 2009 in Graz, the new IQLA Council has been elected. With
Reinhard Köhler (Trier, Germany) continuing to take the President's
position, Peter Grzybek (Graz, Austria), formerly Secretary General,
now is the Vice President. Emmerich Kelih (also Graz), formerly
Treasurer, is now Secretary General, followed by Ján Mačutek in the
The four Members at Large are: Sergej Andreev (Smolensk, Russia),
Sheila Embleton (Toronto, Canada), Jan Králik (Prague, Czech Republic),
and Haruko Sanada (Tokyo, Japan).
All Council Members' Addresses may be found on IQLA Contact page.
Gabriel Altmann Appointed IQLA Honorary Presdident
On September 17, 2009, on occasion of
IQLA Business Meeting during Qualico 2009 in Graz, IQLA Council decided
to appoint Professor Gabriel Altmann (Lüdenscheid, Germany) Honoraray
President of the Association. As is well known in the field of
Quantitative Linguistics, Professor Altmann, IQLA member since its
foundation in 1994, has outstanding merits in the foundation, the
development, and the advancement of the discipline.
"Complete Bibliogrpaphy of scholarly works (1960-2005)". In: Peter
Grzybek & Reinhard Köhler (eds.), Exact Methods in the Study of
Language and Text. Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin, New York, 2007, pp.
Altmann (Homepage), Gabriel Altmann (Wikipedia)