Autumn 2001 (9.3)
Vagif Aslanov (1928-2001),
one of the giants in linguistics research in Azerbaijan, passed
away on August 3 of complications from a stroke he had suffered
six years earlier.
During his lifetime, Aslanov published more than 300 academic
works. His research covered everything from sentence structure
to the origins of words, from principles of lexicography to speech
culture, from morphological analysis to sociolinguistics, from
the linguistic features of classic Eastern poets to the etymology
of European words. His major research dealt with the problem
of reconstruction-that is, establishing the proto-forms of words
to see how long ago they originated.
Aslanov's work at the Institute of Linguistics contributed valuable
knowledge about the history of the Azeri language. He proved,
based on medieval sources, that the history of written Azeri
could be traced back to the 12th century. Earlier scholars had
placed Azeri's first written appearance in the 14th century,
when the Turkic language became the elite language of poetry
The breadth of Aslanov's research and his knowledge of many languages
- including Azeri, Turkish, English, Russian, German, Persian
and Arabic - brought him to think very deeply about the universality
of languages and the universality of human thinking. He will
be remembered as a person of deep knowledge, rare honesty and
a strong dedication to his work.
(9.3) Autumn 2001.
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