Simon C. Dik

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Simon C. Dik (1940 – 1995) was a Dutch linguist, most famous for developing the theory of Functional Grammar.

Life and contribution

Dik occupied the chair of General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam between 1969 and 1994. During these 25 years he developed the theory of Functional Grammar, the foundations for which had been laid in his 1968 dissertation on coordination.

In 1992 he fell ill, and in 1994 he was forced to resign from his chair. As much as his illness allowed, he worked on developing his theory until his death. The second part of his work, The Theory of Functional Grammar, was published posthumously in 1997.

At his death, he left behind his wife Willy, his daughters Iris and Hester, and his son Remco.


LINGUIST List obituary


  • 1968. Coordination: Its Implications for the Theory of General Linguistics. Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Company.
  • The Theory of Functional Grammar (Part I: The Structure of the clause), 1989 ISBN 90-6765-432-9
  • The Theory of Functional Grammar (Part II: Complex and Derived Constructions), 1997 ISBN 3-11-015404-8 (pt.I); ISBN 3-11-015403-X (pt.I paperback); ISBN 3-11-015406-4 (pt. II); ISBN 3-11-015405-6 (pt. II paperback)


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