Prof. Manfred Woidich, emeritus professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics at the UvA, has been elected Corresponding Fellow of the prestigious British Academy. This year, a total of ‘sixty-six of the world’s leading minds’ will join as fellows. The British Academy announced this on Friday 21 July.
Woidich (1943) was appointed professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics at the UvA in 1982. In 2008, he was granted emeritus status. Woidich specialises in descriptive dialectology, dialect geography and historical linguistics of the Arabic language. He has published a lot, in particular, about syntactic and semantic issues in Egyptian dialects. Woidich also teaches Arabic as a second language and he is a strong proponent of the motto ‘colloquial first’.
The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. The Academy has three types of fellowships: Fellows (for academics in the UK), Corresponding Fellows (for academic outside the UK), and Honorary Fellows (an academic honorary title).
Woidich is the third UvA professor to be elected to the British Academy. Prof. Harm Pinkster, emeritus professor of Latin linguistics and literature, as well as Italian dialectology, and Prof. Thomas Elsaesser, emeritus professor of Film and Television Studies, preceded him in 2004 and 2008 respectively.