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Prof. dr. Manfred Woidich, emeritus professor of Arabic at the UvA, has been elected Corresponding Fellow of the renowned British Academy.

Manfred Woidich
Manfred Woidich (foto: Eduard Lampe)

A total of 'sixty-six of the world's leading minds' were announced as Fellows of the British Academy on 21 July.

In 2008 Woidich (1943) was appointed full professor of Arabic, semitology, the islam and its historic aspects and Syrian at the UvA. He retired in 2008. Woidich is a specialist in descriptive dialectology and historical linguitsitcs of Arabic. He has published widely on syntactic and semantic issues in Egyptian dialects. Woidich also teaches Arabica as a second language, being a staunch advocate of the motto 'colloquial first'.

About the British Academy

De British Academy is the national scientific academay of the United Kingdom for the humanities and social sciences. The academy distinguishes three types of fellows, Fellows for UK scientists, Corresponding Fellows for scientists outside of the UK and Honorary Fellows, a scientific honorary title.

So far three UvA-Fellows

Woidich is the third UvA professor that has entered the British Academy. Prof. dr. Harm Pinkster, emeritus professor of Latin linguitics and literatrue and the Italian dialectoloy and prof. dr. Thomas Elsaesser, emeritus professor of  Film  and Television Sciences preceded him in respectively 2004 and 2008.