Edward Sapir – Appraisals of his life and work

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Edward Sapir (1884–1939), this volume brings together a number of papers by distinguished North American scholars appraising the life and work of the world-renowned anthropologist and linguist.

It includes an introduction by the editor, a full bibliography of Sapir's scientific writings, a detailed index of names, and many photographs and fac similes. Among the contributors are: Ruth Benedict, Leonard Bloomfield, Franz Boas, Joseph Greenberg, Mary Haas, Zellig Harris, A.L. Kroeber, Robert H. Lowie, David Mandelbaum, Morris Swadesh, and C.F. Voegelin.

[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 36]  1984.  xxviii, 224 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
v
Introduction
xi
Part I: Obituaries and Biographical Sketches, 1939-1952
Franz Boas (1858-1942): Edward Sapir [1939]
3
Franklin Edgerton (1885-1963): Edward Sapir (1884-1939)
5
Diamond Jenness (1886-1969): Edward Sapir (1884-1939)
9
Harry Stack Sullivan (1892-1949): Edward Sapir, Ph.D., SC.D., 1884-1939
12
Leslie Spier (1893-1961): Edward Sapir [excerpt]
13
Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887-1948): Edward Sapir [1939]
15
Morris Swadesh (1909-1967): Edward Sapir [1939]
19
David Goodman Mandelbaum (b.1911): Edward Sapir [1941]
23
Charles Frederick Voegelin (b.1906): Edward Sapir [1952]
33
Part II: Comments on Sapir's Work, 1919-1953
Review of Time Perspective in Aboriginal American Culture (1916)
Robert Harry Lowie
39
Review of Language: An introduction to the study of speech (1921)
Robert Harry Lowie
43
Review of Language (1921)
Leonard Bloomfield
47
A Study of Language [excerpt]
Alfred Louis Kroeber
51
Review of Selected Writings of Edward Sapir in Language, Culture and Personality (1949)
Harry Hoijer
53
Review of Selected Writings (1949)
Stanley S. Newman
59
Review of Selected Writings (1949)
Joseph H. Greenberg
66
Review article on Selected Writings (1949)
Zellig S. Harris
69
Edward Sapir and the Training of Anthropological Linguists [1953]
Mary R. Haas
115
Part III: Appraisals of Sapir's Life and Work, 1956-1980
Comments on Edward Sapir, his Personality and Scholarship [1956]
Robert Harry Lowie
121
Reflections on Edward Sapir, Scholar and Man [1959]
Alfred Louis Kroeber
131
The Culture Historic Implications of Sapir's Linguistic Classification (1961)
Morris Swadesh
141
Sapir's Phonologic Representation (1967)
James D. McCawley
153
The Sapir Years at the Canadian National Museum in Ottawa (1976)
Regna Darnell
159
Reflections on Sapir's Anthropology in Canada (1980)
Richard J. Preston
179
Part IV: Bibliography of Edward Sapir's Publications in Linguistics, Anthropology, and other Behavioral and Social Sciences
Scientific Papers and Prose Writings (revised by Leslie Spier and updated by David Mandelbaum), 1906-1944
Edward Sapir
197
Addenda to Sapir's Scientific Bibliography
E.F.K. Koerner
211
Index of Names
219
Location of Pictures and Illustrations
Edward Sapir (Chicago, ca.1930)
x
Edward Sapir (New Haven, ca.1936)
2
Edward Sapir, his wife Florence, née Delson (d. 21 April 1924), and their first-born son, Michael, in front of 357 Elgin Street (Ottawa, Summer 1913)
8
Edward Sapir (Ottawa, ca.1913)
38
Facsimile of ‘Time Perspective’ (1916)
42
Facsimile of ‘Language: An introduction to the study of speech’ (1921)
50
Facsimile of ‘Selected Writings of Edward Sapir in Language, Culture and Personality’ (1949)
52
Sapir's residence during the years 1915-16 at 67 Aylmer Street, Ottawa, Canada. (Picture taken in 1983, with William Cowan and Konrad Koerner in the foreground.)
58
Sapir's residence during the years 1917-20 at 1 Findlay Avenue, Ottawa, Canada. (Picture dating from summer 1983.)
58
Thomas Talbot Waterman (1885-1936), Paul Radin (1883-1959), Ishi (d. 1916), Robert Harry Lowie (1883-1957), and Sapir (Berkeley, California, August 1915)
120
Paul Sidney Martin (1899-1874), Fay-Cooper Cole (1881-1961), and Sapir (departure for a field trip to the Southwest, Chicago, ca.1926)
120
Edward Sapir's first classification of North American Indian languages as published in Science N.S. vol.54, No.1400, p.408 (1921)
140
Facsimile of title and copyright statement of Shin-ichi Kurokawa's translation of “Sound Patterns in Language” and “The Psychological Reality of Phonemes” (Tokyo: Taishukan, 1958)
196
Facsimile of the title page of the Japanese translation by Mikio Hirabayashi of major portions from ‘Selected Writings of Edward Sapir’ (Tokyo: Hokuseido, 1983)
210
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  84024347
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