By Robert A. Hall Jr.

Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949) used to be one of many maximum linguists of the 20 th century. He committed his whole lifestyles to a thorough-going research of language, its constitution and its use, summed up in masterly type 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 software of the medical solution to linguistics, yet then fell into unjustified forget. Now that the centenary of his start has handed, the time has come for the tale of Bloomfield's existence and paintings to be stated in a biography. for that reason, basing his dialogue on all to be had fabrics (including a few details now not obtainable till recently), Professor corridor has offered Bloomfield's lifestyles historical past in its highbrow and cultural atmosphere. This publication is not just a biography, but in addition a private memoir, within 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 photo than now we have had heretofore, proposing either Bloomfield's well-known fulfillment in developing the examine of language as a systematic self-discipline, and the less-known points of his personality and of his own lifestyles, which in sure respects used to be very tragic and unhappy.

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A life for language : a biographical memoir of Leonard Bloomfield

Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949) was once one of many maximum linguists of the 20 th century. He dedicated 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 dying on the age of sixty two, his paintings used to be initially acclaimed as an exemplary program of the clinical option to linguistics, yet then fell into unjustified overlook.

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CHICAGO (1927-1940) 43 In this paper he argued that what we usually term "ideas" are simply linguistic phenomena in the brains of speakers, rather than metaphysical entities. 1907) reports that both Sapir and Bloomfield attended the summer meeting of the Linguistic Society at Ann Arbor in 1937, at which Sapir definitely outshone Bloomfield. Scholarly works from Bloomfield's pen continued to appear in the late 1920's and early 1930's in an uninterrupted flow, with his books Menomini Texts in 1928 and Sacred Stories of the Sweet Grass Cree in 1930.

Ach, these damned Americans! '). Bloomfield's humor was of the kind which might be described, it has always seemed to me, as that of the "quietly outrageous". Another story which, according to J Milton Cowan, Bloomfield liked to tell was that of the man who, at an elegant dinner, did all kinds of strange things, such as taking some mayonnaise on his fingers and "gauming" it into his hair. In response to his hostess's astonished expostulations, he excused himself by saying "Oh, I'm sorry! * Bloomfield also liked to give unexpected but biting characterizations of objects or behavior-patterns.

Mrs. Bloomfield added: Today when I went thru the catacombs of St. Calixtus (for the second time in 23 years) I said I'd never do [it] for anyone but Vestry and that I was to write a book OHIO STATE (1921-1927) 35 called The Martyrdom of St. 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!

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