László Kálmán (linguist)


October 25, 2021

László Kálmán (Budapest, November 24, 1957 - October 10, 2021) is a linguist, candidate of linguistics, senior researcher, associate professor of the Theoretical Linguistics Department of the Faculty of Arts of Eötvös Loránd University, brother of literary historian György C. Kálmán. He became known in public life primarily in 2007, when he submitted a counter-motion to the Fidesz-KDNP referendum initiative.


He completed his secondary education at the Miklós Radnóti Practical School of the Eötvös Loránd University in the French-Russian department, and in 1976 he passed the matriculation examination at this institution. After graduating, he continued his studies at the Faculty of Arts of Eötvös Loránd University, majoring in Spanish language and literature, and majoring in general and applied linguistics, where he graduated in 1981. Between 1981 and 1983 he worked as an employee of the Budapest Film Institute, while continuing his studies, obtaining a doctorate in humanities in 1983 and then studying phonology at the Salzburg Summer University in 1985. Between 1984 and 1987, he was a Research Fellow of the Institute of Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 1986 he was awarded a research fellowship by the Boursier de la Confédération and spent a year in Geneva, Switzerland. After his return, he was employed by the Institute of Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences from 1991 until 2000. He then continued his work abroad again for one year as an associate professor in Amsterdam, majoring in computer linguistics until 1992. He was appointed an associate professor of the Theoretical Linguistics Department of the Eötvös Loránd University in 1994. Between 2000 and 2002, he was employed by Mindmaker Ltd. in Budapest as a senior researcher. He has been working in this direction since 2003 within the framework of the company Applied Logic Laboratory. In parallel, he participated in the work of the National Digital Archive as a member of his semantic working group and as a senior teacher at the Erasmus College. He has also been a member of the Erasmus College Council since 2005. His proficiency in foreign languages ​​has greatly helped him in his professional work and teaching career. In addition to Hungarian, he was able to communicate in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Russian. His computer skills included Unix and DOS operating systems as well as Lisp, C, C ++, Python programming languages, as well as HTML and TeX description languages. On the morning of October 10, 2021, László Kálmán's brother, György C. Kálmán, announced that László Kálmán had died during the night: he fell asleep and no longer woke up.

Professional interest

Grammar theory, formal semantics, analogical grammars, computational linguistics, construction grammar, mother tongue education and linguistics.

Language dissemination

Together with Ádám Nádasdy, he was the editor of Klubrádió's program entitled Szószátyár.

Teaching work

János Neumann Computer Science Society 1988. Unification theory 1988. Discourse representation theories Summer University of Groningen 1990. Introduction to discourse representation theories BME Faculty of Informatics 1991. Computational linguistics University of Amsterdam, Department of Computer Linguistics. 1991-1992. Discourse semantics, Computer sentence analysis. 1991-1993. Meaning and context Eötvös Loránd University Doctoral School of Romance Studies 2003-2004. Semantics 2006-2007. Semantics ELTE English Linguistics BA 2006-2007. it ELTE BA in English, BA in German Studies, BA in Oriental Languages ​​and Cultures, BA in Ancient Languages ​​and Cultures, BA in Romanesque Studies, BA in Liberal Studies. 2006-2008. Introduction to linguistics MTA-ELTE Theoretical Linguistics Department 1989-1990. Non-linear phonology 1990- Dynamic semantics 1990- Fieldwork, Hungarian, Beas, sign language of the deaf 1990- Computer skills, (Lisp, TeX, C) 1993-1997. Discourse semantics 1993- Formal s

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