Schalowski, Sören

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Obituary
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our colleague
Sören Schalowski, who lost his life to a chronic condition that he had
been battling all his life.

Sören had been a member of the SFB since 2010, as a PhD student in
project B6. His dissertation on word order variation in the left
sentence periphery in spoken German was well under way when his health
deteriorated, and the insights he has shown promised important
contributions to linguistics, to the way we understand language
variation, take into account phenomena of spoken language, and model
sentential syntax. He has already had an impact nationally and
internationally through a number of publications, presentations at
linguistic conferences of a broad thematic spectrum, and invited talks
at numerous universities.

He has been a very active and highly valued member of our scientific
community and a driving force in the graduate school. Among other
things, he was involved in organising several PhD days as well as this
year's ConSOLE and DGfS conferences, and contributed to the SFB's
collaborations with working groups internationally.

Sören was a gentle and friendly person, with a dry, lively sense of
humour and the gift to make people feel at ease. He was a calm and
effective participant in discussion, a good listener with sharp
insights and someone who helped keep meetings to the point.

He was impressive, a strong presence, full of energy and love of life,
and his death has been a great loss to us, both at personal and at
professional levels. Our thoughts are with his family.

Heike Wiese and Malte Zimmermann on behalf of the entire SFB 632