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 committed his whole existence to a thorough-going research of language, its constitution and its use, summed up in masterly model in his publication Language (1933). After his untimely demise on the age of sixty two, his paintings used to be at the beginning acclaimed as an exemplary program of the clinical solution to linguistics, yet then fell into unjustified overlook. Now that the centenary of his delivery has handed, the time has come for the tale of Bloomfield's lifestyles and paintings to be stated in a biography. for this reason, basing his dialogue on all to be had fabrics (including a few info no longer obtainable till recently), Professor corridor has provided Bloomfield's lifestyles heritage in its highbrow and cultural atmosphere. This ebook is not just a biography, but additionally a private memoir, during which corridor attracts on his contacts with Bloomfield, who was once his instructor at Chicago and a senior colleague at Yale. There emerges from this examine a fuller photo than we now have had heretofore, providing either Bloomfield's famous fulfillment in setting up the learn of language as a systematic self-discipline, and the less-known features of his personality and of his own lifestyles, which in sure respects used to be very tragic and unhappy.

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They have been very kind to me & patient teaching me, & it was hard, as they don't speak English. One wonders to what extent Bloomfield's evident bitterness against the European-American "local yokels" was an outgrowth of his resentment against the German Lutheran boys who had teased him unmercifully during his years in school at Elkhart Lake. CHAPTER 3 OHIO STATE (1921-1927) Leonard Bloomfield in his thirties CHAPTER 3 OHIO STATE (1921-1927) The Bloomfields moved in the spring of 1921 from Urbana, Illinois, to Columbus, Ohio, where Leonard was to take up his new position as Professor of German and Linguistics.

Therefore, though I hate to part from my aunt & uncle, not knowing when I shall see them again, it will at least mean a little more fun for the Queeyen. She can do what she pleases in Italy, unless I oppose her from sheer force of habit. g. (1) carrots (2) potatoes (3) meat (4) another meat (5) string beans. But it is really very good stuff. In a letter from Rome, dated September 17, 1926, Bloomfield wrote Mrs. Sayers concerning their experiences there, including a paragraph making fun of some Italians' mangling of the English language: [Goodie] and her staff went through the Vatican's Museum and Sistine Chapel today; they are so inconveniently laid out that merely to see each thing once she had to walk herself tired.

In reality, the 1933 book is an entirely new work, differing in context, in approach, and to a certain extent even in style, from the earlier one. It had a basically favorable reception from re­ viewers and became widely used as a text in beginning linguistics courses during the next twenty-five and more years. Bloomfield used to refer to it as "my high school text", since he thought he had made it simple enough to be understood by the ordinary high school student. In fact, however, the general public found it difficult to understand, because of Bloomfield's overly straightforward and extremely concise presentation and also his detached, uncom­ promisingly scientific approach.

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