LINGUIST List 13.2866

Wed Nov 6 2002

Qs: Linguistic Autobiographies,Roger Bacon Citation

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  1. Michael Erard, Linguistic autobiographies
  2. Dirk Elzinga, Roger Bacon citation

Message 1: Linguistic autobiographies

Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 13:50:17 -0600
From: Michael Erard <>
Subject: Linguistic autobiographies

For an article I'm writing for Language Magazine on the use of
linguistic autobiographies in the classroom, either the linguistics or
foreign language classroom, I'm interested in hearing from anyone who
assigns these, their reasons for doing so, and what their experiences
have been.

Thanks in advance.

Michael Erard
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Message 2: Roger Bacon citation

Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 12:56:58 -0700
From: Dirk Elzinga <>
Subject: Roger Bacon citation


I am searching for the Latin original and the full citation of a
passage by Roger Bacon which is often cited by linguists (though
usually without a reference). The passage runs (in one translation)
"He that understands grammar in one language understands it in another
as far as the essential properties of grammar are concerned."

Can someone help?


Dirk Elzinga
Dirk Elzinga, Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics and English Language
Brigham Young University
2079 JKHB
Provo, UT 84602
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