Prof Frank Palmer

  • 05 Nov 2019 14:14
    Message # 8092263
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The renowned linguist Prof Frank Palmer has died, aged 97 and a half years.

    Frank was invited to Reading from Bangor in the 1960s to start the Department of Linguistic Science, which was responsible for many innovations in the field under his leadership, and was celebrated in 2015 when Prof Setter organised the 50th anniversary celebration, at which Frank was the most honoured guest.

    It later merged with its co-institution the Centre for Applied Language Studies, to form the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, and its work lives on currently in the Department of English Language and Linguistics, and the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

    Dr Michael Garman, Professor Emeritus at Reading, has asked the LAGB to share this sad news with its members.  

  • 11 Nov 2019 09:17
    Reply # 8101132 on 8092263
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In relation to the sad passing of Frank Palmer, please see the message below from Frank's son regarding his father's funeral, which we have been asked to communicate to LAGB members.  

    Dad’s funeral will take place on Thursday 14th Nov starting with a service at Christchurch ( ) in Reading at 10:30am and followed by his burial at St Catherine’s ( ) in Bearwood at 12:00.

    Afterwards there will be refreshments at the Walters Arms, nearby.

    Thank you for all your help spreading the word. 



  • 13 Nov 2019 10:56
    Reply # 8105235 on 8092263
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Messages of condolence for Prof Frank Palmer can be sent to The Palmer Family, Whitethorns, Roundabout Lane, Winnersh, Wokingham. RG41 5AD or via the Funeral Directors, Miles and Daughters, at 498 Reading Road, Winnersh RG41 5EX. Their phone number is 01189 793004

    The family have requested no flowers. Donations can be made to Oxfam. There will be a collection at the service or people can use the Just Giving page at 

    Last modified: 13 Nov 2019 10:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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