Brozović Dalibor, F.C.A.
- July 28, 1927, in Sarajevo
- June 19, 2009, in Zagreb
Brozović Dalibor, F.C.A.
- Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Doctor of Science
- corresponding member – Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (06/17/1986 – 06/19/2009)
- corresponding member – Akademija nauka i umjetnosti Bosne i Hercegovine (09/19/2008 – 06/19/2009)
- head – The Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography (1991 – 2001)
Membership in Academy:
- full member – Department of Philological Sciences (03/11/1986 – 06/19/2009)
- extraordinary member – Department of Philological Sciences (06/07/1977 – 03/11/1986)
- associate member – Department of Philological Sciences (06/06/1975 – 06/07/1977)
Dalibor Brozović, F.C.A., a prominent Croatian linguist, was born on July 28, 1928, in Sarajevo. He finished elementary school in Zenica, and gymnasiums in Visoko, Sarajevo and Zagreb. He graduated in 1951 from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, where he received his Doctorate in 1957.
He was an assistant at the Academy of Theatre Arts (1952-1953) and a lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Ljubljana until 1956, when he became an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zadar, then in 1958 an assistant professor, in 1962 an associate professor, and from 1968 to 1990 a full professor. In 1969 he was a professor by invitation to the University of Michigan (USA) and in 1971 at the University of Regensburg (Germany). He taught phonology, history of the Croatian language and other courses at postgraduate studies in Zagreb, Zadar, Dubrovnik, and Sarajevo. He has held a series of lectures at numerous seminars for foreign Slavists in Zadar, Zagreb, Pula, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo and participated in more than 100 international linguistic, Slavic, and other scientific conferences.
In 1975 he became an associate member, in 1977 an associate member and in 1986 a full member of the Croatian (then Yugoslav) Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was an external member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a member of the Academia Europea. In 1990 he was a member of the Presidency of the Republic of Croatia and later vice-president of the Republic of Croatia and for several years (1992-1995) member of parliament. From 1991 to 2001 he was director general of the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography in Zagreb.
He was a member of the Committee for Dialectology of the CASA, the Committee for Lexicography of the CASA, the Committee for Etymology of the CASA, the President of the Croatian Esperanto Association.
Dalibor Brozović received in 1970. Award of the City of Zadar for distinguished scientific activity (for the book Standardni jezik), 1992 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Republic of Croatia, 2002 The “Stjepan Ivšić” award when the book with his bibliography was published. He is the bearer of the Grand Order of King Zvonimir, the Order of Ante Starčević and the Order of The Croatian Morning Star with the image of Ruđer Bošković and the Bearer of the Bulgarian Order of the Hungarian Horseman of the 1st Class.
He has participated in the editing of numerous editions (journal Philology of the Department of Philological Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Papers of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zadar, Works of the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography, General Slavic Linguistic Atlas (OLA) and European Linguistic Atlas (ALE). For the Croatian Encyclopedia (vol. 1–4), he made about sixty entries.
In addition to dialectology, academician Brozović’s scientific attention was directed towards the issue of the Croatian literary language and its history. It is he who authored the first complete history of the written and standard language in Croatia from the Baška Tablet to the present day (Croatian language, its place within the South Slavic and Slavic languages, its historical changes as the language of Croatian literature).
Academician Brozović has published more than a thousand bibliographic units, a significant part of which has been published in several foreign languages. His most important works are the Dictionary of Languages or the Language of the Dictionary? (Zagreb, 1969) and especially Standard Language (Zagreb, 1970), introductory study in the proceedings Croatian Literature in the European Context, Zagreb, 1978, Phonology of the Croatian Literary Language (Zagreb, 1991).