The CMES Sohbet-i Osmani Lecture Series
Linguist (retired), formerly of Harvard University
Robert Underhill, former Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University passed away in August 2018. He received an AB in 1958 in history and his doctorate in linguistics in 1964 from Harvard University and he was a professor of linguistics at San Diego State University for over 40 years, including time as department chair. His primary interests included phonology, discourse, syntax, and Turkish, Native American and Southeast Asian languages. He also chaired SDSU's Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society. He is the author of Turkish Grammar (MIT Press, 1976), a scholarly textbook still in use today. Professor Underhill gained nationwide media attention in 1988, for his article on the use of the word "like" in the English language.
Contact: Liz Flanagan