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  • Mike Foster
    Mar 1, 2014
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      Marquette University had a course in “History & Structure Of The English Language.” taught by Dr. Strother B. Purdy, required of undergraduate majors when I was there ‘64-‘68.
      Excellent course. I learned quite a bit that I incorporated in my English and journalism courses during my 1968-2005 teaching career.
      Mike Foster
      Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 9:57 AM
      Subject: [mythsoc] RE: Philology book

      > Posted by: "John Rateliff" sacnoth@... sacnoth32
      > Date:

      Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:37 pm ((PST))
      > Saw a description of a book in
      a new book catalogue that made me think it might be of interest to some folks here: PHILOLOGY: THE
      Turner [forthcoming in June 2014]. Since the argument can be made
      > that
      Tolkien was the last philologist, learning more about the tradition he represented cd cast some interesting light on his career. It
      > may also be
      of relevance to CSL, who liked to claim he was the sole remaining representative of a vanished tradition, though he was
      > talking about a somewhat
      different tradition. In any case, I'm going to see if I can hunt down a copy; if it does look like it'd be of
      > interest to folks on the list I'll post
      > --John R.

      Thanks for pointing that work out. I've often wondered why philology died out. I would guess its roll was taken over by linguistics and 'English', though I wonder if it was ever very big in American universities. Or here at all? It sounds like this book might answer those questions.

      Paul Westermeyer

      "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
      J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring_

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