Harvard has rounded out its strengthening of linguistic studies with the appointment of six men to positions in the Linguistics Department, University Hall announced yesterday.
The new appointments, which will take effect July 1, extend the University's linguistic coverage from the Near and Far East through Europe to the Americas. The only major area still without a Faculty expert will be African linguistics, a gap which the University currently has no plans to fill.
The most prominent appointment was that of Jerry Kurylowicz of the University of Krokow, Poland, who will be Visiting Professor of Linguistics for 1964-66. One of the world's leading authorities on Indo-European languages, Kurylowicz will serve on the faculties of both Harvard and M.L.T.
Named professor of Linguistics was Omeljan Pritsak, a Ukrainian-born expert on the Turkic and Altaic languages of the Near East and the Asian steppes.
In addition, two younger men already at Harvard have been given permanent Faculty appointments. They are:
Thomas O. Lambdin, assistant professor of Semitic Languages, who will become associate professor of Semitic Philology. His command of South Semitic and Hamitic languages, including Egyptian and Coptic, will complete the University's coverage of Near Eastern tongues.
Masatochi Nagatomi, assistant professor of Buddhist Studies, who has been promoted to associate professor. A Japanese expert in Pall, Tibetan and Sanskrit, he will be associated with the Center for the Study of World Religions and the Harvard-Yenching Institute.
Two will become instructors in Linguistics: Susumu Kuno, a specialist in computer linguistics, and Robert Under-hill '58.
These appointments are part of a program recommended three years ago by a special Faculty committee under J.P. Elder, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Since the Linguistics Department itself has few openings, most of the expansion has come by way of appointments shared by Linguistics and one other department.
Ten scholars hold such joint appointments, including the chairman of the Linguistics Department, Calvert W. Watkins, associate professor of Linguistics and the Classics.