Professor Erik Fudge, 1933–2020

The IPA is saddened to announce the death of our former member Professor Erik Charles Fudge. He died on 14th November at the age of 86, having tested positive for COVID-19.

Erik Fudge

He gained his PhD at Cambridge in 1967, and his long teaching career in Britain included posts at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hull and Reading. Many phoneticians and phonologists will remember him as the editor of a once widely-used anthology Phonology: selected readings, published by Penguin in 1973. He was an early commentator on generative phonology, and among his many papers and reviews are several relating to word and syllable structure and stress. This interest led to his remarkable and highly original work English Word Stress (1984), which was re-issued as recently as 2015.

The IPA sends condolences to his widow, Heather, and to their children and grandchildren.