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91, linguist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii, Manoa died peacefully at home on March 5th, 2018. He is best known for his studies of creole and pidgin languages and of the origins of language as a whole. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, sons Jim and Ashley and daughter Julie, and seven grandchildren.

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 18, 2018.
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April 14, 2019
Reading recent publications on the creole debate, I frequently wondered what Derek would have to say on these issues. He is dearly missed, his intellectual contributions as well as his personal presence.
Jürgen M. Meisel
April 3, 2018
We are saddened by this news. Some people should live for ever, and Derek was one of them. Derek and Yvonne were perfect guests. Derek was one of the most inspiring linguists.
Jürgen M. Meisel & Susanne E. Carroll
Jürgen Meisel
March 20, 2018
This really grieves me. We crossed horns, but with good humor. He was a real friend over many decades (back to at least 1980, I think). Derek stimulated me, challenged me. I'll miss him. Strength to his family. The memories, the ideas, the echo of the voice are our remaining legacy.
Dan Slobin
March 19, 2018
May the family find comfort in God's word and be strengthen during this time of deep sorrow. God keeps those who pass on in his memory because they are precious in his eyes and you have my sincerest condolences. ( Psalms 116:15)
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