Obituary: Jehannes Ytsma (1957-2005)
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From: Durk Gorter <dgorterfa.knaw.nl>
Subject: Obituary: Jehannes Ytsma (1957-2005)
Jehannes Ytsma, senior researcher at the Fryske Akademy,
Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, died suddenly Friday afternoon
December 9, 2005, as a consequence of a heart attack at the age of 48.
Since 1 January 1986 he became a specialist in the study of bilingual
and trilingual education. His PhD thesis at the University of Tilburg
was on the acquisition of Frisian among Frisian and Dutch primary
school children. He has published in Frisian, Dutch and English on
many topics, among those Frisian in education, models of trilingual
education, bilingualism in early childhood, Frisian identity and
vitality, interaction in multilingual families, migration and the
integration of newcomers, accents in Dutch, language attitudes, the
Dutchification of Frisian, the sociology of language in Friesland and
the effectiveness of primary education.
He was well-known as the specialist on education in Frisian. He knew
the educational terrain in Friesland very well and all practitioners
knew him. He organized several symposia and in September 2001 he
brought the important International Conference on Third Language
Acquisition and Trilingualism to Ljouwert/Leeuwarden.
He designed the project on effectivity of education which was highly
relevant for educational policy in all of the Netherlands. He has
developed numerous project plans and coordinated the educational
research pool. He still wanted to do so many things.
He managed not only to be a productive scholar and make significant
contributions to his field but he also organized our sailing trips,
was a friend, an inspired colleague and was concerned about the
well-being of the whole institute.
Prof Durk Gorter
Research Group of Social Sciences
Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden