We are sad to report that emeritus professor Gary Holland passed away earlier this week. Gary earned his PhD in Linguistics from Berkeley in 1980 and spent the rest of his career here. He became an Emeritus Professor just last year. One of the world’s foremost experts on the Rig Veda, he was a remarkably interdisciplinary scholar, with connections (teaching or research) in Scandinavian Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Celtic Studies, and Classics, among others. He was also a remarkable servant of the Department of Linguistics and of the University of California. He served as the Head Graduate Advisor in Linguistics, and in many campus-wide positions in the Academic Senate. In fact, just this semester he was recalled to work in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. He won the College of Letters and Sciences “Distinguished Service Award” in 2014. He shared his love of music and good cheer with many friends in the department and the wider Berkeley community, and will be missed by all.
This page summarizes the history of graduate instruction in linguistic field methods at Berkeley, with information about academic year, language(s), consultant(s), and instructor(s), when known. The information has been reconstructed from archival course catalogs, which occasionally do not reflect the ultimate instructor of record, and in consultation with Linguistics faculty, graduate students, alumni, and records in the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. We will continue to update it as we learn more.
Last weekend was a busy one for Berkeley linguists, with department members at conferences in Dwinelle Hall dedicated to Celtic and Amazonian languages as well as attending conferences in other locations!
Numerous Berkeley attendees at the Symposium on Amazonian Languages (SAL III)