In Memoriam: John Gumperz

With sadness, we report that the celebrated Berkeley sociolinguist John J. Gumperz has died at age 91. Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, John Gumperz devoted his career to improving cross-cultural understanding and his work in ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, discourse strategies, code-switching, and urban anthropology was extremely influential. He shaped the thinking of many generations of Berkeley students and colleagues worldwide who are grateful for his insight and compassionate guidance. Click here to read the New York Times obituary for Professor Gumperz.