We sadly report the passing of former AAA president Dell H. Hymes, who died Friday, Nov 13, 2009, at the age of 82. Hymes was Commonwealth Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of Virginia. Prior to retiring, he taught courses in linguistic anthropology, Native American mythology, ethnopoetics, and Native American poetry. He authored numerous publications, including Ethnography, Linguistics, Inequality: Essays in Education, 1978-1994 (1997), and Now I Know Only So Far: Essays in Ethnopoetics (2003). AAA will publish a full obituary honoring Dell Hymes in a future issue of AN.
A memorial gathering will take place at the upcoming AAA meeting in Philadelphia, on Saturday, Dec 5, 7:30-9:30 pm in Grand Ballroom III of the Courtyard Marriott. In addition to being a past AAA president, Dell Hymes was also a past president of the American Folklore Society and Linguistic Society of America. Additional reflections on his life and work can be found on Savage Minds, Jason Baird Jackson’s blog, Daily Progress, Philly.com and Language Log. Readers are welcome to post additional links in comments.