Messages for David

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  1. Happy Birthday!

    Your wonderful ability to bring humor to every class and lecture is
    an inspiration! Keep it up!

    Tom Roeper

  2. Happy Birthday, David! Such an honor to work with you. I’m so sorry I can’t be at your big bash. Have a great time.

  3. Dear David,
    It has been many years since I met you the last time. Yes, time flies.
    All of my best wishes for your very meaningful and Happy Birthday!

  4. с днем рождения “досадные набор” and keep on making us laugh and think about important things

  5. Dear David,

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for your host at MIT.
    I was deeply impressed with your bright smile and kind arrangement for the movie ‘Arrival.’ I also admire your talent of music and syntax, of course. [ʂəŋ rʅ kʰuaj lɤ]!

  6. Happy Birthday, David! And a big ‘thank you’ for being such an amazing teacher. It was a privilege.

  7. Happy birthday David! I’m still grateful that you were on my committee back in 82-83, when the world was young and so were we (and there was much better pop music around).


  8. Happy birthday, David. I wish you great health, great happiness, and great success. I am sorry I can’t be at the party, and I am also sorry for looking at you too much in class.

  9. Many happy returns of the day! Wishing you all the best for the year ahead, with many thanks for years past.

  10. Happy birthday David! I feel so lucky to have met you and got into linguistics. Have a great one. 生日快乐!

  11. Happy Birthday! I could fill the character limit of this comment field with praise of what a fabulous advisor you are. But I’ll limit myself to this: now that I am advising PhD students on my own, not a day goes by where I don’t ask myself, “How would David respond?” For me, you are the standard bearer.


  12. Most welcome to the club. It has been a pleasure to go through so much with you, sometimes at a distance, and sometimes at very close range. What’s next?

  13. Happy birthday David! Thank you for all your energy and patience and guidance. I wish I could be there for the workshop but alas I’ll be busy teaching on the other side of the world — which incidentally is in large part thanks to you as well. Here’s to 60 more!

  14. Happy birthday, David! Thank you for being such a fantastic advisor these past few years. Nalliuniqsiutsiarit!

  15. Дорогой Дэвид!

    примите, пожалуйста, сердечные пожелания благополучия, здоровья и творческих успехов — на радость всем, кто Вас знает и любит, всем, кого любите Вы, и на благо лингвистики, в том числе и российской, для которой Вы сделали больше, чем сама она могла бы сделать для себя!

    С днем рождения!


  16. Happy Birthday, David! Thanks to you, I can still manage to be in this field. It was the first class at UMass I had that truly inspired me to pursue work on linguistics, and you were teaching it. Looking forward to seeing you in September!


  17. Happy birthday, David!
    I wish I could join the party and express in person my gratitude for your guidance and mentorship. Hope to see you sometime soon!

  18. Happy birthday, fijne verjaardag! Your work has been an inspiration for me, and even though I have moved from research to teaching, it means a lot to me that you were my advisor during my semester at MIT and that you were willing to be on my thesis committee. All the best for the years to come!

  19. Happiest of birthdays to you, David! I know I’ve said this so many times, but just to say it again: you remain my key role model as both a scientist and a teacher/advisor. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I was sitting in your office; those days are still as vibrant in my memory as they ever were. Sigóowu i yagiyee!

  20. Feliz Aniversário, David! I feel grateful for all the great conversations we’ve had, about linguistics and otherwise. Thanks a lot, and I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

  21. Dear David, Happy Birthday!
    thanks a lot for all your advice and help over more than twenty years. I realized the wisdom of many of the things you said when I was a student only years later.

  22. С днём рождения, Дэвид!

    Спасибо Вам большое за всё, что Вы делаете! За упорное внимание и прозорливость, с которыми Вы вникаете в любую студенческую идею и делаете из неё что-то осмысленное и прекрасное.

  23. Happy Birthday, David. I still remember your 21st birthday. How young we all were, and how young we no longer are. It’s been a joy to have been your friend and (extended) colleague all these years! Enjoy the day!

  24. Congratulations on completing 60 years on this planet, and your positive contributions on all of our lives during that time! Van harte gefeliciteerd, en nog vele jaren!

  25. Happiest of birthdays! শুভ জন্মদিন! I have warm memories of getting to know you a little bit at the generative grammar school in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, many years ago. I regret not having a chance to study with you more. Congrats on reaching this milestone and for all your contributions to the field!

  26. All the very best, David! It’s amazing how much I’ve learned from you in the brief interactions we’ve had, and I’m eternally grateful for all of it.

  27. Happy Birthday David,

    I fondly recall meeting you (and Janis) for the first time at UCLA Summer Institute in 1983 and attending your class. You were a great teacher then and still are!!

    Best wishes,

    Mike Kenstowicz

  28. Happy Birthday, David! I always feel very lucky to be your student and it is hard to describe how much I learned from you. Thank you for your insightful comments, intellectual guidance, and warm encouragment. I am looking forward to seeing you soon! All the best, Heejeong

  29. Happy birthday David! Thank you so much for everything! I will never forget the first class I attended with you, 27 years ago, Girona 1990, and all the classes and discussions later on, at LOT, Blagoevgrad, MIT and Athens. I hope you will enjoy your surprise workshop!

  30. Dear David,
    Nochmals mein herzlichsten Glückwünsche zum 60er! I am very fortunate to have had you as a teacher, advisor, and mentor. Thanks for always being willing to listen and help!

    Alles Gute für die nächsten 60!


  31. Happy Birthday once again! Time flies. Just this past summer we walked by the post office where I called you from what was then Leningrad (I still have the telegram you sent me there). Thanks for all your support and encouragement since then! Hope you have a great birthday celebration – sorry I can’t be there.

  32. Happy birthday David! It was a good thing I registered for 24.900 Fall 2012 otherwise I don’t think I would be where I am today (you taught that one in case that was unclear). Thank you for your energy and guidance these past 4 years, and enjoy the celebration!

  33. Happy birthday, David! Thank you for being such an amazing teacher. You’ve taught me so much about linguistics and about teaching itself. Best wishes for the future.

  34. Happy birthday, David!

    Thank you so much for your inspiring classes, insightful discussions, intellectual guidance and support. I wish everything bad gets exfoliated away. All the best for the years to come!

    Very much looking forward to seeing you again soon!

  35. Happy birthday, David! Thanks for so many great classes, conversations, and ideas. Congratulations on your 60th, and best wishes for many, many more to come!
    Jeremy and Liuda

  36. Hiep hiep hoera, van harte gefeliciteerd, David! Happy birthday! To a happy and healthy future with many exciting discoveries. Thanks for our meetings that always leave me both puzzled and overly excited to do more work.

  37. Happy birthday! (A bit late as usual.)

    Many thanks after many years for the example you set. For your enthusiasm, receptiveness, freshness of perspective, intellectual playfulness, rigor, encouragement. For the time when you decided to wake me up from a nap by blasting the overture to “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

    As the years pass, the appreciation appreciates. I am never forget the day I feerst meet the great David Pesetsky.


  38. Happy Birthday, David!

    I think I was your first MIT Ph.D student, but surely not the first to know what a dedicated teacher you have been. You gave me a great model of how supervision should be done, and I remain grateful, especially on behalf of my own students. Stay healthy, so still more of us can be so privileged.


  39. I feel so fortunate to have had you as a teacher and a guide for such a long time. And knowing that there is so much to look forward to…how can anybody be that lucky?! Thank you, and happy birthday!

  40. Happy Birthday, David! I was quite looking forward to this festive event, but a recently broken leg will probably now keep me away. Very best wishes, in any case.

  41. Happy Birthday, David!!! Thank you for all the advice, insights and comments over the years! You have always been an inspiration and a role model of how to do and teach syntax.

  42. Happy birthday, David! I was very lucky to have you as my supervisor. I cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done to me. You are and will be my role model of a teacher, syntactician and linguist. I look forward to seeing you soon at MIT!

  43. Happy birthday, David!!!
    I was so fortunate to have you as a teacher and an occasional stand partner. Thank you for being such a wonderful person — you are my role model as a researcher. I hope you’ll have a great time at the conference!

  44. Happy birthday, David! Thank you for your amazing classes, for your enthusiasm, for all your insightful comments, for your support and never-ending willingness to help.

  45. Happy birthday David. And congratulations on inspiring an event with such a wonderful range of people. I was looking forward to being there, but Mother Nature had other ideas, and my flights were canceled. Repeatedly. You inspired me in many different ways: as a teacher, as a TA supervisor, as the seed for a lifelong research program, and as someone who welcomed unfunded foreigners into your NSF training program. I am very grateful for all of these and more. Sorry that I can’t join the fun today.

  46. Happy birthday, David! So sorry to be missing this wonderful event – I had planned to be there, but came down with the flu. Thank you for making me welcome in Linguistics when I was a student in BCS, for your wonderful syntax classes, and for the many rounds of comments you provided on my papers. You taught me how to be a teacher and a mentor – thank you! Wish I could be there.

  47. Happy birthday, David! I wanted so badly to come up for your workshop, but I am paying tribute to your avocation instead of your vocation: I’ll be singing in the chorus for the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmina Burana. Enjoy your festivities and your festschrift!

  48. Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin!

    Thanks for being an inspiring advisor and an exceptional teacher, who makes it easy for the students to learn from him.

    #syntacticmodels #withoutovertgrammaticalsubject

  49. Happy birthday David!!! I wish I could have said this in person this weekend.

    I don’t know if my fellow recent graduates feel this, but very often I think of how great it would be to be a student in the program again, and when I think that, your classes are among the first to come to mind.

  50. Happy birthday, David! Thank you so much for inspiring classes and supportive individual meetings. I was very lucky to have you as my syntax teacher, and you had a large impact on my professional development.

    I hope you have a wonderful time at the workshop!

  51. Happy birthday David! Wish I could be there. Thanks for everything you have taught and continue to teach me. Here’s to the next such gathering in a couple decades!!

  52. Congratulations, David, on such a wonderful celebration — well deserved! I was very sorry that I couldn’t be there in person. You have made so many contributions to our field, in terms of ideas, analyses and mentoring, that one might mistakenly think that you’re turning 120…. I’m delighted that it’s only 60, so that we can all look forward to your continuing to be a dynamic and inspiring presence for many more years to come.

    Thanks for everything! Raffaella

  53. Happy Birthday and happy celebration, David! Sorry I could not be there. Looking forward to reading the Festschrift!


  54. Happy birthday, David!
    Wish I could be there to help celebrate!
    You’ve been a wonderful role model and inspiration to so many of us over the years. Looking forward to the next decades!
    All the best,

  55. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, David.

    Thank you for making the MIT linguistics department a place to feel welcome. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, both in and outside of academia. Thank you for being an enthusiastic teacher. And last but not least: Thank you for taking the time to come to the chamber music concerts of a violist!
    All the best,

  56. Happy Birthday, David. Congratulations!
    Thank you for the example of your work, and your
    powerful, positive teaching. You continue to inspire.
    The best!

    T. Daniel

  57. Happy birthday David! For being an extremely inspirational linguist but also to being so kind to a visiting student at MIT a long time ago, thank you.

  58. Thank you all for your birthday wishes and memories. It is a true privilege and joy to know all of you, and to help build and sustain this wonderful field of ours with you. Thank you so much!

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