Franz Boas' Approach to Language

  title={Franz Boas' Approach to Language},
  author={Rom{\'a}n Jakobson and Franz. Boas},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={188 - 195}
  • R. Jakobson, F. Boas
  • Published 1 October 1944
  • Linguistics
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
When trying to sum up the linguistic heritage of Franz Boas, there emerge in my memory our long conversations on the science of language. Talks or rather delightful lessons, where the great master initiated me into problems which absorbed him during the last years of his life. How he loved this science! In the autumn of 1942 a telephone call from Boas informs me that he has been ill, but feels better today and asks me to visit him.-In the afternoon?-"No, at once, later it may be worse, and I… 
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