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educator , linguist

Nils Erik August Enkvist, Finnish linguist, educator.


Enkvist, Nils Erik August was born on September 27, 1925 in Helsinki. Son of Ole Johannes and Ester (Makkonen) Enkvist.


Master of Arts, University Michigan, 1948. Master of Arts, University Helsinki, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy, University Helsinki, 1952.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Stockholm, 1980. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Purdue University, 1982. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, 1984.

Doctor of Humane Letters, University Indiana, 1994.


Speech clinic assistant University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1947-1948. Assistant in phonetics University Helsinki, 1949-1950, lecturer English, 1950-1951. Docent of English Åbo Akademi, Finland, 1952-1957, Donner professor English Finland, 1957-1984, dean of humanities, 1961-1964, rector, 1966-1969, district professor stylistics and text linguistics, 1984-1988, docent of English, 1988-1993, chancellor, 1991.

Director Research Institute Åbo Akademi Foundation, Finland, 1978-1988. Research professor Academy Finland, 1974-1977. Visiting fellow Folger Library., Washington, 1964, Clare Hall, 1972.

Visiting professor English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1965. Visiting lecturer Cambridge (England) University, London School of Economics, 1971, University Zurich, 1989-1990, University Bern, 1986. Distinguished scholar-in-residence Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1977, 85.

Member team evaluating linguistics in Sweden, 1992, Finland, 1995, Polytech. University Hong Kong, 2001.



President Society Linguistica Europaea, 1977-1978. Vice president Fillm Fédération International des Langues et Littératures Modernes, 1981-1987, president, 1988-1990. Served to 1st lieutenant Finnish Army, 1943-1945.

Fellow Society Scientiarum Fennica (vice president 1989-1992, president 1992-1995, bronze medal 1988, silver medal 1995), Finnish Academy of Sciences, Lund Society Letters, Royal Swedish Academy Letters, History and Antiquities, Academy Europaea (founder, executive council 1988-1991), Czech. Academy of Sciences (honorary). Member Modern Language Association (honorary), Finnish Association Applied Linguistics (honorary), Philological Society, Modern Humanities Research Association (president 1991), Society Linguistica Europaea (founder), Linguistic Society of America, International Association University Professors English, Henry Sweet Society.


  • Other Interests

    Literature, music.


Married Tua-Lill Ingegärd Elise Söderholm, December 26, 1956. Children: Kjell, Kristian, Elisabeth.

Ole Johannes Enkvist

Ester (Makkonen) Enkvist

Tua-Lill Ingegärd Elise Söderholm

Kjell Enkvist

Kristian Enkvist

Elisabeth Enkvist