Academician Katičić was presented with a Charter of the Republic of Croatia, conferred by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, and with the Bulesù Lászlò lifetime achievement award in the field of philology.
On Friday the 26th of January Croatian linguist, literary history and member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) Radoslav Katičić was presented two top recognitions in Vienna. He was presented with a Charter of the Republic of Croatia, conferred by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, and with the Bulesù Lászlò lifetime achievement award in the field of philology.
Last year saw the 175th anniversary of the Matrix Croatica, on which occasion Croatian President Grabar-Kitarović presented charters to deserving members of the institution, including HAZU academician Radoslav Katičić.
This top recognition was presented at the ceremony in Vienna by Matrix Croatica economic advisor Damir Zorić, who said that it was a great honour to present the charter to one of our most prominent researchers in the country and abroad in the field of philology and the humanities.
The Bulesù Lászlò lifetime achievement award in the field of philology was present to Radoslav Katičić by Zdravka Matišić, the head of the department of oriental studies at the Croatian Philological Society. Speaking of Katičić’s work she referred to him as one of the greatest philologists of the twentieth century, still active in the field of Indo-European studies.
The biennial award for philology conferred by the Croatian Philological Society was established in 2017, with academician Katičić being its first recipient.
Katičić, whose health did not permit him to receive the award earlier, said that he was “very pleasantly surprised by the awards.” He noted that it was his experience that to deserve and receive an award were two different things, saying that, “Happy is the person that has both deserved and received one.”
“These awards attest to my endeavours to contribute something to Croatian philology,” added national academy member Katičić, also known as one of the authors of the Declaration Concerning the Name and the Position of the Croatian Literary Language.
Radoslav Katičić was born in Zagreb in 1930. He founded the department of general linguistics and Indology at the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was among those who penned the Declaration Concerning the Name and the Position of the Croatian Literary Language. From 1977 to his retirement he served as a professor of Slavic philology at the University of Vienna. He is a member of many institutions and associations, including the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Austrian Academy of Science and the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.
On Thursday, on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Matrix Croatica and the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration, a symposium was staged at the Croatian embassy in Vienna on the Significance and Role of the Croatian Language in the National Literature and Culture, an event that saw the presentation of Katičić’s book Naša stara vjera – Tragovima svetih pjesama naše predkršćanske starine (Our Ancient Religion – Tracing the Holy Songs of Our Pre-Christian Antiquity), which, as the presenters noted, is methodologically and in terms of its content an encouragement to further study.