R. H. Robins, J. R. Firth, and Linguistic Historiography

  title={R. H. Robins, J. R. Firth, and Linguistic Historiography},
  author={E. F. Konrad Koerner},
  journal={Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas Bulletin},
  pages={11 - 5}
  • E. Koerner
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • History
  • Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas Bulletin
I was asked by members of the Executive of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas to participate in a special session at the 2000 colloquium in Edinburgh, commemorating the life and work of Professor Robert Henry Robins (1921-2000), Doctor of Letters and Fellow of the British Academy. As his intellectual grandson he was the thesis director of the late Geoffrey Bursill-Hall (Ph.D., London 1959), who was my thesis directorI felt that I could not decline the invitation to say… 
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