A brief news flash from Edinburgh: at the Winter Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 28 November the University of Edinburgh will be conferring the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters upon Eric P. Hamp, Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, for his contribution to linguistics and in particular to Celtic linguistics and Celtic studies. Hamp has been major figure in etymology and historical linguistics for decades, and is deeply versed in Indo-European languages in a way that few modern linguists are. He has done important work on other language families too, has done fieldwork on Amerindian languages. It is good to see this recognition of his excellence not just by the linguists at Edinburgh but more generally by the university as an institution.
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