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

By Robert A. Hall Jr.

Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949) was once one of many maximum linguists of the 20th century. He dedicated his whole lifestyles to a thorough-going learn of language, its constitution and its use, summed up in masterly model in his e-book Language (1933). After his untimely demise on the age of sixty two, his paintings was once at the start acclaimed as an exemplary program of the medical strategy to linguistics, yet then fell into unjustified forget. Now that the centenary of his beginning has handed, the time has come for the tale of Bloomfield's lifestyles and paintings to be mentioned in a biography. hence, basing his dialogue on all to be had fabrics (including a few details now not obtainable until eventually recently), Professor corridor has offered Bloomfield's existence heritage in its highbrow and cultural surroundings. This publication is not just a biography, but in addition a private memoir, within 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 well-known fulfillment in developing the research of language as a systematic self-discipline, and the less-known features of his personality and of his own lifestyles, which in definite respects was once very tragic and unhappy.

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Boiling and Bloomfield were members of this group. I am sure that it was Boiling who was responsible for bringing Bloomfield to Ohio State from Illinois. ] I think Bloomfield taught mostly German, including elementary German, at Ohio State; I doubt whether he had any advanced pupils who became linguists, although I haven't checked on that. At any rate, I don't think that either Boiling or Bloomfield were optimistic about the future of linguistics at Ohio State, and that was probably why he was ready to go to Chicago.

As a result of poor teaching in school, one or both of the Bloomfields' boys had difficulty in learning to read. This situation aroused Bloomfield's concern, so that he took time from his purely scholarly activities to prepare materials for teaching reading on the beginning level. g. ) were presented and drilled, so that firm associations were set up in the learner before passing to the less regular correlations. Their content was, even in the earlier lessons, ingeniously planned to arouse the learner's interest (far more so than the Look, look, Jane, Dick, Spot, oh, oh, look, look!

Sayers reports that "Alice was inhibited in showing affection") and left the family. He said to Mrs. Sayers "Aunt Frances, I want to be like my father and end up a drunken bum", and she adds that this was "a goal which he eventually achieved". Like Huck Finn, he refused to let himself be "sivilized". Their other adopted son, Jimmy, was younger than Roger, and came to the Bloomfields at a presumably earlier age. He had been in an orphanage, and Roger (who knew him in school) urged the Bloomfields to adopt him.

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