I'm confident that I speak for the entire profession when I say that we are all deeply saddened by Peter Ladefoged's passing this week at the age of 80. Here are some links to find out more about this extraordinary phonetician.
You may also be interested in reading about Ladefoged's career in his own words (.pdf), which appears to have been written sometime within the last few years.
And for a little comic relief from the sadness: a linguist joke in which "the Devil [is] a tall, handsome man with a voice rather like Peter Ladefoged's."
[ Comments? ]Posted by Eric Bakovic at January 27, 2006 04:47 PM