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Meyer de Villiers


Meyer de Villiers

Author of Afrikaans dictionaries and text books
Professor at the Department Afrikaans and Dutch,
Stellenbosch University, 1953 - 1978.

Meyer de Villiers was born on 15 January 1913 in Ficksburg, Orange Free State. He attended school in Ficksburg, Den Haag and Bloemfontein, and studied at the University of Cape Town (MA; DLit) and the Ryksuniversiteit in Utrecht and in Berlin.
He lectured at the University of Cape Town, before he joined Stellenbosch University as senior lecturer in 1947, and was professor at the Department Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University from 1953 until his retirement in 1978.
Meyer de Villiers was especially interested in art, music and literature.He was married to Suna de Villiers.

Taalkommissie van die SA Akademie
International Association of Dutch Linguistics
Honorary member of the SA Linguistic Association
Council member of the Michaelis Collection (museum) in Cape Town

Awards and Honours:

CJ Langenhoven Prize for Linguistics 1976
In 1987 the book, Afrikaanse Fonologie , by Combrink and de Stadler, was dedicated to him.


Woordsoorte, Werkwoorde en Tye, 1948
Dutch vir Suid-Afrika (1960: Dutch en Afrikaans), 1956
Afrikaanse klankleer, 1958
Norme en Afwykinge in Taal, Annale U.S., 1959
Afrikaanse klankleer; fonetiek, fonologie en woordbou, A. A. Balkema, 1969
Kernwoordeboek, 1967 (Co authors: J. Smuts, and L. C. Eksteen) (1971: Nasionale Woerdeboek)
Die Semantiek van Afrikaans, 1975
Afrikaanse Grammatika vir Volwassenes, 1983
Afrikaanse klankleer (co- author: Fritz Ponelis), Tafelberg, 1987
Idiomewoordeboek, Nasou, 1988
Moderne Afrikaans vir Standerd 6
Moderne Afrikaans vir Standerd 7 en 8 (Co-author: Anna M. Uys)

See webpage at the University of Indiana De Villiers, Meyer

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