ATTILA T. SZABÓ, DIALECTOLOGIST AND MASTER OF STYLE
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Great scholars, truly outstanding personalities are characterized by the fact that their purview encompasses both their own discipline and all neighbouring fields, in almost their entirety; that they break new ground in their own area of study; that they think of future and found a school; and that they remain true and just even in the most difficult circumstances of life. Such a scholar, such a personality was Attila T. Szabó, born a hundred years ago. This talk recalls him as a researcher of dialectology, and also as a master of style. The study of style, stylistics, was not one of his main areas of research (unlike dialectology); but in studying works of fiction, especially pieces and genres of folklore, he invariably touched upon their style, too; and what is even more important: he was a master of colourful and easy-flowing diction that reflected his thoughts to the minutest detail and brought home fine nuances of meaning; a master of full-flavoured Transylvanian Hungarian.
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