Anne Cutler 1945-2022

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Anne Cutler, our beloved colleague, recently became ill with an opportunistic lung infection shortly after traveling to London for her official induction as a 2020 Fellow of the British Academy. From there she traveled to Nijmegen, where on May 31st she received medical treatment that revealed an underlying leukemia. After just one week in the hospital, with her husband, Bill Sloman, by her side, she died on June 7th. We thank Bill for keeping us apprised of Anne’s condition.

So many of us have vivid and delightful memories of Anne. They are welcome in the comments below, or will be included in posts to follow.

Here is a link to an obituary on the website of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, where Anne was director from 1993 to 2013.

Update 6/12/2022 —

Condolences may be sent to Anne’s husband, Bill Sloman: Anthony William Sloman <>.

Update — "In Memoriam Anne Cutler" ISCApad 8/6/2022.

Update — "Spoken language expert's exuberant life of science" Sydney Morning Herald 9/23/22

Update — "A Remembrance of Anne Cutler", 7/13/2022.


  1. vivian said,

    June 8, 2022 @ 11:31 am

    Shocked and saddened.

    I began my journey in linguistics with projects on L2 speech perception. I remember how, at a conference, Anne stopped at my poster, attentively listened to my presentation and gave me comments. I was very junior (still am) in research and was surprised at how approachable Anne was. Every time I remember this brief encounter I feel encouraged and warm at heart.

  2. Scott P. said,

    June 8, 2022 @ 11:51 am

    Oh, no, Anne was a very supportive friend when I was working at Penn. SO sorry to hear of her passing.

  3. Stephen Anderson said,

    June 8, 2022 @ 12:13 pm

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Aside from other, earlier contacts, I particularly remember pleasant interactions with Anne at meetings of the editorial board of the Annual Review (with you). She and her common sense will be missed rather more than most.

  4. Jerry Packard said,

    June 8, 2022 @ 3:18 pm

    A great loss to the field.

  5. Shanley Allen said,

    June 10, 2022 @ 11:02 am

    Very sad to hear this. Anne was an incredible leader in the field, not just for her ground-breaking ideas but also for her support and mentoring of younger colleagues and her very pragmatic attitude to getting things done. She will be sorely missed.

  6. Marianne Mithun said,

    June 10, 2022 @ 6:48 pm

    What a loss. What a sharp (in the best sense), spicy person and linguist. She brightened our lives and also the field.

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