Jan Blommaert obituary

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My former supervisor and colleague, Professor Jan Blommaert, who has died aged 59 of most cancers, was one of many main students in modern sociolinguistics. His work illuminated the vitally essential relationship that language performs in all features of politics and tradition. He mixed an influential educational profession with a task as public mental and was dedicated all through his life to beliefs of justice, equality and common human rights.

The son of Gisèle (nee Vermeiren) and Paul Blommaert, Jan grew up in Dendermonde in Belgium, the place his father labored as a butcher. The household later moved to Ukkel close to Brussels, and it was whereas serving to out together with his father’s enterprise by transporting meat round Brussels, after which working as a youth employee within the metropolis, that Jan’s curiosity in social points, and the best way these are intimately tied to language, first developed. He went on to take a PhD at Ghent College in 1989, researching Swahili political discourse in Tanzania, and in 1991 married Pika Colpaert.

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