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Infoling 12.17 (2020)
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In Memoriam: Giovanni Parodi Sweis
De: Linguist List
With a very heavy heart and with great sadness we would like to let the academic community know that on 14 November 2020 we lost the very much appreciated and loved linguist, colleague and friend, Giovanni Parodi Sweis.
Giovanni was professor and researcher at the Institute of Literature and Language Sciences at the Centre for Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. His academic life has always been connected to the Catholic University of Valparaiso: he received his Bachelor in Languages and English Literature in 1986, his Master in Applied Linguistics in 1990 and his PhD in Linguistics in 1997.
Giovanni’s main areas of research involved psycholinguistic approaches to discourse, text linguistics and corpus linguistics. His latest significant research advances include the employment of eye-tracking in the processing of language and the study of the Spanish neutral pronoun ello.
Giovanni was director of the UNESCO Chair for Reading and Writing for Chile and a corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Languages. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Signos.
Giovanni was a kind and generous man, and we were lucky, in fact, privileged, to know Giovanni in person, to work with him and to share many unforgettable moments during our collaborative work.
The linguistics, corpus linguistics and computational linguistics communities have lost an eminent scholar, and a kind and supportive colleague and friend.
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom)
Pascual Cantos, University of Murcia (Spain)