I am saddened to announce the passing of John Lawler on Saturday November 25. Many of us here were friends with him, and countless more helped by his answers. For those of you who aren't familiar with him, a short biography:
In 2009, John retired from the Linguistics Department at the University of Michigan after 37 years of teaching there. Two years later, on November 4th, 2011, he joined Stack Exchange, and shortly after that, on November 27th, our site here, English Language and Usage. Over the next 12 years, he answered questions here on SE while occasionally teaching classes at Western Washington University. Across all SE sites, he posted almost 2,000 answers, even getting the only ever gold tag in grammar here on ELU. At the time of this writing, those answers got him 107k reputation points on ELU (#6 all time on the site), 10k on Linguistics, and 2k on ELL. As his answers live on to help new people, I am sure his points will increase.
Feel free to post an answer sharing your thoughts and your memories here or join us in chat.
- His network profile:
- The announcement from UMich of his passing written by dept. chair Acrisio Pires, courtesy of Lambie in chat (with an additional thanks to Araucaria for breaking the news).
- An archive of his homepage so you can see it the same way he left it
- Measuring typographical emphasis: the “lawler” and “lawler weight” (to which he lends his name)
- John Lawler's ELU answer links, by topic