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Backus and Reinhart, RIP

March 17 saw the deaths of both John Backus (via Lambda) and Tanya Reinhart (via David Pesetsky via e-mail). Backus was a computer scientist who developed FORTRAN and the Backus-Naur form for describing context-free grammars, and was an early advocate of functional (i.e. state-free) programming. Reinhart was a linguist who made many contributions to syntax, semantics, and other areas of linguistics, including discovering the concept of c-command domains.

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