From Library Journal
The 23 entertaining essays collected here originally appeared as columns in a linguistics journal between 1983 and 1989. Slight revisions have been made, and introductory and explanatory notes added. Although some of the material here is a sometimes gossipy, sometimes technical insider's view of the linguistics profession, most of it is a highly interesting and enlightening discussion of a subject that is largely a mystery to most people. However, it is also "perhaps the only subject that regularly gets research funding from agencies in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences," and therefore has cross-disciplinary pertinence. The title essay refers to Whorf's (according to the author, incorrect) work on the Eskimo lexicon. For public as well as academic libraries.- Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C.
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About the Author
Geoffrey K. Pullum is professor of linguistics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.