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Lunt, scholar of Slavic languages and literatures, dies at 91


first_imgHorace Gray Lunt, Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures Emeritus, passed away on Aug. 11 in Baltimore, Md., scarcely a month short of his 92nd birthday.Born Horace Gray Lunt II in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sept. 12, 1918, Lunt received his degree magna cum laude in German in 1941 from Harvard, going on to become one of the world’s leading experts in Slavic philology and linguistics.At Harvard he was a member of the Slavic Department faculty from 1949 to 1989 and served as its chair from 1959 to 1974. Armed with considerable linguistic and analytic skills, Lunt was instrumental in reshaping Slavic philology in the United States in structuralist terms. He insisted on the highest standards of textual analysis, providing new pedagogical tools for the post-World War II generation of American Slavists, investigating understudied areas of Slavic linguistics, and indicating new projects for in-depth study in Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures. A staunch foe of nationalistic exploitation of language for political purposes, Lunt strove his entire career to ensure that linguistic argumentation rested on a rational, factual basis, countering any discussion based on nationalism or demagoguery. Lunt was a superlative teacher, providing his students, undergraduate as well as graduate, with abundant handouts, charts, texts, and textbooks to ensure comprehensive understanding of the subject matter at hand, with clarity and accuracy his guiding principles. His interests in Slavic languages were wide-ranging, from paleography, phonology, morphology, and syntax to etymology, sociolinguistics, history, literature, and religion, and he leaves behind a large bibliography of published books, articles, and reviews.Lunt was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in 1954 and received a tenured full professorship in 1960, the same year he was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. In 1973 he succeeded Roman Jakobson as the Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures.He is survived by Sally Herman Lunt, his wife of 47 years, daughters Elizabeth Gray Lunt and Catherine Lunt Greer, son-in-law David S. Friedman, and five grandchildren. A memorial commemoration of Lunt’s life and work will be held on Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Fong Auditorium of Boylston Hall at Harvard University. A reception will follow in the Faculty Club.last_img read more


Executive home with all the acreage perks


first_imgThe home at 15-17 Jarrod St, Cornubia. Picture: supplied.This private home is on a 5000sq m block with lake, pool and fire pit area. Owner Daljit Singh Johal said the property at 15-17 Jarrod St, Cornubia felt like it was a million miles from anywhere but in reality close to local amenities and major arterial roads. “My favourite thing about the home is that it feels so tranquil. It’s a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle,” she said. The family home has a modern kitchen at the heart of the home with walk-in pantry, granite benchtops, and ILVE appliances. The kitchen is well set up for family living or entertaining. Picture: supplied.The open-plan kitchen, dining and family space opens to the large alfresco area with bi-fold doors. There is a separate living room opening to the poolside patio and a media room with sound insulation, projector and surround sound. The oversized master bedroom was a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with spa bath. The remaining three king size bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom, a separate toilet and a laundry. The outdoor areas look out over the swimming pool and lake. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoMs Johal said the home had an abundance of storage, high ceilings and a functional layout. “It is very much an indoor-outdoor home. You can be sitting inside but still feel connected to the outdoor,” she said. Outside there is a pool, a pizza oven and a fire pit by the lake. The property comes with a three-car garage and side access to an additional shed and workshop. Daljit said the home would suit a variety of families, from those with teenage children looking for their own space to extended families with elderly parents of adult children at home. The property is on the market through Kati Hempenstall of Belle Property Cornubia.last_img read more