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Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist

Darnell, Regna

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ISBN 10: 0520066782 / ISBN 13: 9780520066786
Published by University of California Press, 1989
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Title: Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Although he is referred to as a "genius" more often than any other scholar of his period, Edward Sapir has received no full-scale biography since his death in 1939. At long last Regna Darnell provides a comprehensive assessment of the life, ideas, and wide-ranging interests of this remarkable man.

Sapir, the foremost linguist and anthropologist of his generation, contributed substantially to the professionalization of linguistics as an independent discipline. He was the first to apply comparative Indo-European methods to the study of American Indian languages, on which he conducted extensive fieldwork. His theoretical work on the relationship of the individual personality to culture remains fundamental to culture theory in anthropology, as does his insistence on the symbolic nature of culture and the importance of culture as understood by its members, in their own words.

Sapir became the first professional anthropologist in Canada and teacher of a whole generation of linguists and anthropologists at Chicago and Yale. Holding to a humanistic view of anthropology (his own work included poetry and literary criticism), he was the most articulate spokesman for the interdisciplinary social science of the late 1920s and 1930s. In both linguistics and anthropology Sapir is a revered master whose ideas continue to inspire discussion and research. A sixteen-volume Collected Works is now in progress.

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"Outstandingly original . . . an account not only of Sapir's life but of a whole era in American intellectual history."—William Bright, University of Colorado

"Eliciting much new material on Sapir's life and times, as well as offering a judicious assessment of his accomplishments . . . this will be the benchmark Sapir biography."—Raymond D. Fogelson, University of Chicago

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