Re: Women v. ladies

Jay Bernstein (jbernst@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 31 May 1996 18:37:11 -0400

I saw the obituary of Mary Haas in the New York Times, Sunday May 26 1996.
She died on 17 May in Berkeley. She was one of the last surviving students
of Edward Sapir at Yale, earning her Ph.D. in 1935. She worked on dying
American Indian languages, the prehistory of languages, and modern Thai.
Her dissertation was on Tunica, a dead Indian language once spoken in what
is now Louisiana. She subsequently worked on Natchez as well as several
Mukogean branch-offs, like Cree-Seminole.
She started working on Thai during World War II, and was appointed
Asst. Prof. of Siamese and Linguistics at Berkeley in 1947 and was made a
full professor in 1957. According to the obituary, the graduate department
of linguistics was started at Berkeley in 1953. She was active a Survey of
Californian Indian Languages funded by the State Legislature. It started as
a pilot in 1949 and became official in 1953.

Haas retired in 1977. Her main book is "Language, Culture, and
History: Essays" (Stanford, 1978).

Jay Bernstein

PS. I still haven't gotten an answer about how I can get mail from anthro-l
without writing to the author of the message and asking him for it