Congratulations, Sally Thomason
Congratulations to Sarah (Sally) G. Thomason, Bernard Bloch Distintuished Professor Emerita of Linguistics, who officially retired at the end of May.
Professor Sally Thomason joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1999, where she was named the William J. Gedney Collegiate Professor of Linguistics in 2001, and the Bernard Bloch Distinguished Professor of Linguistics in 2015. Sally chaired the Department of Linguistics from 2010 to 2013.
Professor Thomason is the world’s authority on language contact. Her books Language Contact, Creolization, and Genetic Linguistics (1988, with Terrence Kaufman) and Language Contact: An Introduction (2001) transformed the field of language contact through their theoretical and methodological rigor and insights. Her field-defining research has turned language contact today into a fertile area of linguistic inquiry. Sally Thomason’s contributions also draw on her deep expertise in the Native languages of the United States, especially Séliš-Ql'ispé (Montana Salish), on which she conducted field work for 40 years.
Read about Sally’s many accomplishments and vast contributions to the field of linguistics in her retirement memoir approved by the U-M regents.
Sally will remain actively involved in the department and will continue to lead the historical linguistics discussion group this year.