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Basque linguistics will be the focus of the 2018 Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago


Ricardo Etxepare is the 2018 Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago
Ricardo Etxepare is the 2018 Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago


The Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago is part of the network of Basque studies chairs created by the Etxepare Basque Institute at universities around the world.  This year’s guest professor in Chicago is Ricardo Etxepare who is responsible for organizing and teaching this year’s program.  At the heart of which is a seminar on Basque Linguistics, today, with the participation of several experts.

Chicago, IL.  On Wednesday, May 9th a Workshop on Basque Linguists will take place with the participation of Etxepare along with other experts including:  Itxaso Rodriguez-Ordoñez (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) and José Ignacio Hualde (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), according to the Etxepare Institute.

As the person in charge of this year’s program, Ricardo Etxepare also offered other seminars on May 2nd and on May 7th.  On May 2nd, he spoke about linguistic varieties and on May 7th he spoke about syntax and morphology.  During his presentations, the expert presented the results of his latest research that revolves around the history of the Basque language and the evolution of its grammar.  While in Chicago, he has also met with both undergrad and graduate students to talk about their projects.

The Koldo Mitxelena Chair was founded in 2012, and aims to expand Basque Studies in North America.  Part of the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago, it welcomes a renown Basque professor each year to teach seminars and talks on Basque humanistic studies.


  • Basque Linguistics- UC

    How sad that I just received this email today honoring Koldo Mitxelena at UC. I met him in the summer of 1960 and proposed compiling as a doctoral thesis a Basque-Spanish-English dictionary. He was responsive to my idea and I spent many hours at his office in San Sebastian. Unfortunately, I never completed the project for my Ph.D., but rather I wrote a thesis on Alfonso X el Sabio and his nephew don Juan Manuel. While in Spain, I met another well-know writer by the name Jose de Arteche, who wrote short stories and a novel. He was a wonderful man as was another Basque friend by the name Yon de Onatibia, a lawyer, linguist, and a true gentleman as well. My daughter works in downtown Chicago for the AHA. Meanwhile, can you place my name on a mailing list so that I can read about events at UC with regard to the Basques. Eskerrikasko, laguna!

    Leonard Bloom (Sarasota), 05/11/2018 19:56

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