A life for language : a biographical memoir of Leonard by Robert A. Hall Jr.

By Robert A. Hall Jr.

Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949) used to be one of many maximum linguists of the 20th century. He dedicated his complete lifestyles to a thorough-going examine of language, its constitution and its use, summed up in masterly type in his publication Language (1933). After his untimely loss of life on the age of sixty two, his paintings used to be initially acclaimed as an exemplary software of the medical technique to linguistics, yet then fell into unjustified forget. Now that the centenary of his delivery has handed, the time has come for the tale of Bloomfield's lifestyles and paintings to be mentioned in a biography. consequently, basing his dialogue on all on hand fabrics (including a few details now not available till recently), Professor corridor has offered Bloomfield's lifestyles historical past in its highbrow and cultural atmosphere. This e-book isn't just a biography, but in addition a private memoir, during which corridor attracts on his contacts with Bloomfield, who used to be his instructor at Chicago and a senior colleague at Yale. There emerges from this research a fuller photograph than we've had heretofore, featuring either Bloomfield's famous fulfillment in constructing the learn of language as a systematic self-discipline, and the less-known features of his personality and of his own existence, which in definite respects was once very tragic and unhappy.

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Starting with the (to him and other workers in the field) fairly obvious statement that linguistic science exists, he sets forth the various aspects of the study of language, descriptive and historical. He then enum­ erates the benefits which derive from the coming together of linguists in a single organization — to themselves, to the academic world, to anthropology (in the preservation of disappearing languages), and to the public at large. In this connection, the term science is particularly important.

Alice (martyrdom being the style here). Vestry said he'd write another called The Campaigns of Queen Gpodall. The morning of the 24th, Leonard reads two papers at the A[nthropological] Congress; we leave that afternoon for Naples and sail next morning. Some day, the 24th! Bloomfield also mentions, in his book Language, having been in London, but it is not known whether it was in 1924, 1926, or on some other trip. Nor is it known whether he ever visited Germany again after his year there in 1913-1914.

And Mrs. Gumbin. Bloomfield made trips to Europe in at least 1924 and 1926. On the first trip, he attended a congress at The Hague; on the second, one at Rome. In 1926, he and Goodie spent some time in a small town in the Puy-de-Dôme region, Saint-Nectaire, with an aunt of his, Wolle Buber, and her husband. In a letter to Mrs. Sayers, dated August 28, 1926, he indulges in whimsical fan­ tasies concerning lynxes (presumably derived from some kind of Amerindian folklore) and gives an amusing account of their experiences in Saint-Nectaire: Thank you for all the things you write to us, also about lynxes, but you must not believe all you hear or read.

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