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Geoffrey Khan awarded Honorary Doctorate

last modified Dec 13, 2016 10:54 AM

At its meeting on December 7th 2016, the Senate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, agreed to confer upon Prof. Geoffrey Khan, Regius Professor of Hebrew, the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The letter sent to Professor Khan by the President of the Hebrew University, Menahem Ben Sasson, included the following paragraph:

‘In making its decision, the Senate wishes to acknowledge your groundbreaking contributions in multiple fields. First, your contribution to the study of Hebrew grammatical thought, including explications of the Karaite grammarians and impeccable textual editions. Second, your unparalleled dedication to the documentation and description of the endangered Neo-Aramaic dialects, including several dialects of Jewish communities. This endeavor has immense importance for the preservation of the culture and languages of the Jewish communities of Kurdistan. Third, in the field of Hebrew linguistics and philology, the enormous project of the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, containing around a thousand entries. Fourth, your achievements in comparative Semitics and general linguistics, in studying important syntactic issues (topic constructions) and morphosyntactic mechanisms (e.g., object markers and especially ergativity).’

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