THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN LINGUISTICS
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The Society of Hungarian Linguistics celebrated the centenary of its foundation on 1st December 2004, in the ceremonial hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The jubilee meeting, attended by members, guests, and the general public in great numbers, was opened by Loránd Benko, President of the Society. The presidential address was followed by a poem by Sándor Remenyik, 'The verb'. The 'Pro Musica' choir of the Music Department of Eötvös Loránd University, then sang 'We came to celebrate' by Hassler and 'A fair prayer' by Kodály. The final item of the artistic programme was the poem 'Hungarian Language' by Emil Ábrányi. These artistic items were followed by introductory speeches. A letter of salutation written on the occasion of the centenary by Ferenc Mádl, President of the Hungarian Republic, was read out by Loránd Benko. Szilveszter E. Vizi, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, then took the floor and greeted the Society and those present on behalf of the Academy. This part of the programme was concluded by Loránd Benko's talk entitled 'Homage to the memory of the founders'. Then congratulatory speeches were odelivered on behalf of scholarly societies from Hungary and abroad. The Estonian Mother Tongue Society (Emakeele Selts) was represented by Tonu Seilenthal (Tartu), and the Societas Uralo-Altaica by its managing director Eberhard Winkler (Göttingen). On behalf of the Finno-Ugric Society (Suomalais-Ugrilainen Seura, Helsinki), Ulla-Maija Kulonen had sent a telegram; the former President of the Turkish Society of Linguistics, and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of the Society of Hungarian Linguistics, Hasan Eren (Ankara) had sent a letter, both of which were read out next. The jubilant Society was then greeted by President Attila Paládi-Kovács on behalf of the Hungarian Society of Ethnography, by President Sándor Iván Kovács on behalf of the Society of Hungarian Literary History, and by President Alice Sárközi on behalf of the Korösi Csoma Society. The greetings of the Society of Semiotics were sent by President Vilmos Voigt in a letter. After the congratulatory messages and addresses, General Secretary Jeno Kiss made a speech on the history of the Society, entitled 'The Society of Hungarian Linguistics is a hundred years old'. After that, Loránd Benko listed the new honorary members of the Society with words of appreciation on each of them, and handed over a document of their honorary membership to those of them who were present. The ten members of the Society of Hungarian Linguistics whose membership dates back to the longest time were then awarded by memorial certificates on the occasion of the centenary.The centennial celebration was closed by Loránd Benko's presidential concluding remarks, including acknowledgements and best wishes to all members of the Society.
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