In-memoriam: Deny Arnos Kwary 1 January 1975 – 4 June 2019

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Deny Arnos Kwary 1 January 1975 – 4 June 2019
It came as a chock to all of us to hear about the sudden and untimely death of our friend and fellow lexicographer Deny Arnos Kwary.
I first met Deny in 2007 when he started as a PhD fellow working in the field of lexicography at the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. I was Deny’s supervisor from 2007 to 2011, when he submitted his thesis with the title Theoretical Considerations in Creating an Internet English Dictionary of Finance for Indonesian Students, for which he was awarded his PhD. His project focused on the lexicographic function of reception by Indonesian university students reading English business texts and the needs for help provided by dictionaries.
As a researcher, Deny was a conscientious and dedicated person who was always eager to learn and to try new things in order to constantly improve his knowledge of lexicography and other matters. During discussions, he displayed an ability to make thoughtful and perceptive analyses of both concepts and practices in practical and theoretical lexicography.
Deny had an engaging personality and an outgoing manner, which enabled him to interact well with students, faculty and researchers in various contexts, such as Denmark and Danish culture, which were new to him. For instance, Deny was very disappointed to find that the streets were not covered in snow when he first arrived in Aarhus one day in late November 2007. His work was consistently of good quality and he soon published in international peer-reviewed journals as well as presented papers at international conferences on lexicography. Through his dedication and winning personality, Deny developed a large network within the lexicographic community, which led to, among other things, a three-month stay at the University of Birmingham, as well as becoming editor of the dictionary Password. English learner’s Dictionary for Speakers of Bahasa Indonesia. Furthermore, Deny quickly became a household name in lexicography both as a presenter at and an organizer of international conferences. It was a pleasure and privilege to know, supervise and work with Deny Arnos Kwary; he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKernerman Dictionary News
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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