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Bloomfield, Leonardlocked

(01 April 1887–18 April 1949)
  • Ives Goddard

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Bloomfield, Leonard (01 April 1887–18 April 1949), linguist, was born in Chicago, the son of Sigmund Bloomfield and Carola Buber, who ran a resort hotel in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Bloomfield received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1906. He began his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he also served as assistant in German, a language he spoke natively. Deciding to pursue a career in linguistics, he transferred to the University of Chicago, which awarded him a Ph.D. in 1909 for a dissertation on “A Semasiologic Differentiation in Germanic Secondary Ablaut.” Also in 1909 Bloomfield married Alice Sayers. They had no children of their own but adopted two boys....

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