The Literary Salon

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Following the Footsteps

I only discovered today that Edward Sapir, one of the giants of 20th century linguistics and co-founder of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, spent half of his intellectual life in Ottawa. Turns out he was appointed head of the Anthropological department at what is now the Museum of Civilization, about a ten minute walk from my pad. He didn't, however, have any university affiliation while here (Carleton U did not exist yet and U of Ottawa was probably more like a small college in those days). Still, it's neat to know that I've already probably trodden on the same ground he did. Hopefully this will give me some much needed inspiration for, uh, stuff!

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