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Obituary: Jehannes Ytsma (1957-2005)

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  • Don Osborn
    This is a loss even to those of us who did not know Dr. Ytsma. (Fwd from Linguist list) ... DZO Date: 12-Dec-2005 From: Durk Gorter
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 15, 2006
      This is a loss even to those of us who did not know Dr. Ytsma. (Fwd
      from Linguist list) ... DZO


      Date: 12-Dec-2005
      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
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