Prof. Dr. Mehman Musaoğlu; who previously taught at Gazi and Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli Universities Faculty of Literature Contemporary Turkish Dialects and Literatures Departments passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Baku, where he was on a short to his relatives. His remains were taken to the city of Kürdemir, where he was buried on Thursday, 5 September 2019. The late Musaoğlu was sick in 2018, had a liver transplant, and was receiving treatment.
He was born in Kürdemir, Azerbaijan, on August 14, 1950. He completed his primary and secondary education in Kürdemir (1967). He received higher education in Language and Literature at Baku State University (1967-1972). After teaching at high school, he started his graduate studies at the Nesimî Linguistic Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in 1975. His doctoral dissertation on “Adjective-verb, adverb-verb combinations and time-meaningful compound sentences in Oguz-Turkish Dialects” was completed in 1980. He was promoted to associate professorship at Nesimî Linguistic Institute in 1986 and became a full professor with the thesis "Compound Sentences in Turkish Dialects" in 1995. He worked in Ankara University TÖMER (1993-1994), TİKA TDK Joint Turkish Project (1995-1997) and Ankara TÖMER (1997-2004) and taught Turkish. After working as a lecturer at Bilkent University, Humanities and Literature Faculty in 2005-2006 academic year, he started to give lectures at Gazi University, Department of Contemporary Turkish Dialects and Literatures (2006) and continued. at Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University when Gazi University was divided into two in 2018. He got retired due to his illness in 2019.
Prof. Musaoğlu’s articles and books on Turkish dialects were published in a number of distinguished venues. He also translated several works from/to Azerbaijan Turkish, Turkey Turkish and Russian . He had two sons, Anar and Orhan, from his marriage to Mrs. Ruziye Musaoğlu.
Prof. Musaoğlu has been a distinguished contributor to the ECOEI’s activities on teaching and learning of ECO languages. ECOEI will remain indebted to his sharing of his expertise in grammar and language teaching as well as his service to culture and language in the ECO region. May Allah rest in his soul in peace.