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Name Germà Colón i Domènech
Occupation Doctor in Romance Studies
Date 19/03/2002
Nominated on
Faculty of Philosophy and Art
Investiture 15/01/2003
Sponsor Amadeu Soberanas
Curriculum Vitae

Germà Colón i Doménech was born in Castelló de la Plana (Autonomous Community of Valencia) in 1928. He is a Doctor in Romance Studies and a professor at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Colón has been a lecturer for the University of Strasburg and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has also been a member of Barcelona's Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres and the Llull Commission for publishing the complete Catalan works of Ramon Llull. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Valencia and is a member of both the Advisory Committee for the ?Els Nostres Clàssics? collection and the editing team for the journal Estudis de Llengua i Literatura Catalanes. Dr Colón is honorary president of the International Association of Catalan Language and Literature, which he presided from 1976 to 1988, and a full member of the Institute of Catalan Studies. He has received the Sanchis Guarner Award from the Fundació Jaume I (1987), the Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Valencianes (1988), the Prat de la Riba Award from the Institute of Catalan Studies (1979), the Serra d'Or (1981), and the St George Cross (1985) and Prize for Literature (1987) from the Government of Catalonia.

Acceptance speech extract

"Ja sé que avui l'estudi de la filologia romànica, tal com es practicava fa alguns anys, està en crisi o no està de moda, però goso dir que les perspectives d'anàlisi contrastiva de les diverses llengües que conformen la Romània no estan esgotades, ben al contrari. Sé per experiències recents que alguns alumnes volen saber d'on ve tal mot, per quina causa es diu així, quina era la forma primitiva, també s'interessen pels texts antics, per la paleografia, etc. Materials per treballar en el que anomenaríem "Philologia perennis" n'hi ha afortunadament encara molts i són del major interès."

Germà Colón i Domènech

Links
Germà Colón i Domènech speech video
Documents
Opening speech by Germà Colón (pdf MB)
 

 

 

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