The philologist, language historian, professor at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Philology, and regular member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ivan Klajn, died at the age of 85 from the consequences of the infectious disease COVID-19.
As a full-time professor at the Belgrade Faculty, he taught Italian and comparative grammar of Romance languages. In addition to novels, Klajn’s area of work was also normative grammar and standardization of the modern Serbian language.
His most significant works are: “Influences of the English language in Italian”, “Formation of words in the modern Serbian language” and “Italian-Serbian dictionary”, for which he received an award from the Government of the Italian Republic.
“Dictionary of Linguistic Dilemmas” is the most often printed book still signed by Klajn. He was a lifelong editor of the linguistic magazine “Jezik danas”, published by “Matica Srpska”.
Since 1974, he wrote articles on the problems of modern language, for Borba and Politika newspapers and magazines Ilustrovana Politika and NIN.
Professor Klajn has published numerous articles in linguistic journals and 18 books, as well as translated several books from Italian and English into Serbian.
He was elected a corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) in 1997 and a full-fledged member in 2003.
Ivan Klajn was also a member of the Vukova Zadužbina (Vuk’s Endownment) Council, Committee for Standardization of the Serbian Language, Chairman of the Commission for Public Relations and Resolution of Urgent Issues, as well as an associate of Matica Srpska.
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