Braj Kachru, Indian linguist, Died at 84


Braj Bihari Kachru was born on May 15, 1932, and died on July 29, 2016.

He was an Indian linguist.

Braj was Jubilee Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kachru coined the term “World English” and also published studies on the Kashmiri language.

He initiated, shaped and defined the field of World Englishes.

Braj Kachru researched in the fields of World Englishes and Kashmiri language and published several books and research papers related to the field.

He has authored and edited over 25 books and more than 100 research papers, reviews and review articles.

Kachru has been on the editorial board of journals such as Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural development, International Journal of the Sociology of Languages,Asian Englishes and Linguistics and the Human Sciences.

Not only authoring the prize-winning work The Alchemy of English: The Spread, Functions and Models of Non-Native Englishes, Kachru is also the associate editor for Contributor to the Cambridge History of the English Language and the acclaimed The Oxford Companion to the English Language.

Braj Kachru passed away at 84 years old.