Biography of Yakov Malkiel (1914-1998)

Philologist and linguist American of Jewish origin, who was born in Kiev (Ukraine) in 1914 into a family of intellectuals and businessmen; He/She died in Berkeley (California) on April 24, 1998. He/She studied Semitic, Slavic and Romanic Philology in Berlin (1933-1938), where earned a doctorate in 1938. In 1940, already declared the second world war, managed to escape to the United States.

After a short stay at the University of Colorado, eventually settling at the University of California campus in Berkeley. In 1947 he/she founded there the prestigious journal Romance Philology, and in 1965 he/she was elected President of the linguistic society of America; However, the fame of the Berkeley professor - so called frequently by philologists - is derived mostly from its abundant and substantial work on historical or diachronic linguistics on the whole of the Romance languages (particularly the there) and, in the theoretical, on General Linguistics.

His classical works include remember, at least the following (several of them are collections of articles, because the Professor Malkiel felt special predilection for this format, even though many of these works reached the proportions of a book): The Development of the Latin Suffix - antia and - entia in the Romance Language (1945); Studies in the Reconstruction of Hispano-Latin Word Families (1954); Essays in Linguistic Themes (1968); Linguistics and Philology in Spanish America (1972), etc.

His work as critic of books, critic of critics (in your articulos-semblanza or in a space that is as unusual as the obituaries), and editor may well be checking of monumental. In this field, he/she has been exemplary work of recovery and publication of the work of his wife, MarĂ­a Rosa Lida, died in 1962; in fact, at least half of the work of this researcher is posthumous, as they continued to appear until the end of the 1980s, as if he/she were still alive.

In 1988, saw the light an analytical bibliography of the work of Malkiel, with an impressive corpus which was not stopped at that point; in fact, his scientific production continued to grow until the beginning of the 1990s, in which serious health logararon problems aside definitively research, that change had with enormous benefit for more than sixty years. The death of this intellectual was expected since, in 1993, see paragraph full of the study, which was his true source of energy; in fact, for more than forty years, was the first to arrive at his office in the famous Dwinelle Hall of Berkeley campus and the last to leave it.