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Mon Feb 11 2008

FYI: Ian Catford's Life in Linguistics

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        1.    Alan Pagliere, Ian Catford's Life in Linguistics

Message 1: Ian Catford's Life in Linguistics
Date: 04-Feb-2008
From: Alan Pagliere <pagliereumich.edu>
Subject: Ian Catford's Life in Linguistics
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I am thrilled to announce that ''The Catford Tapes: Professor Catford's
Life in Linguistics'' are now available to the world.

The Catford Tapes are a series of eight one-hour lectures given by Ian
Catford in early 1985, on the occasion of his retirement from the
University of Michigan Linguistics Department. For anyone with an interest
in linguistics, from theoretical to applied, from English to Kabardian,
from grammar to phonetics, from Henry Sweet to ... well, to Ian Catford,
these lectures make clear just how fascinating and remarkably broad
Professor Catford's life in linguistics has been. Background and history of
the Catford Tapes below.

Videos of the lectures are hosted by Deep Blue, the UM's service providing
access to work in research and teaching:

Feb. 7, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57765
Feb. 14, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57766
Feb. 21, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57767
Mar. 7, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57768
Mar. 14, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57769
Mar. 28, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57770
Apr. 4, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57771
Apr. 18, 1985: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/57772

or use Deep Blue's home page ( http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/ ) and search
for ''catford''
Deepest thanks to the following for freely giving their time, advice and
effort to promote the project of preserving this treasure and making it
freely accessible.

Ian Catford, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, UM
John Swales, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Director Emeritus,
English Language Institute
Fran Blouin, Director, Bentley Historical Library, Professor of Information
and Professor of History
Jim Otaviani, Coordinator Deep Blue
Tom Bray, Managing Producer Media Resources, Digital Media Commons and
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, School of Art and Design
Greg Kinney and Brian Williams, Associate Archivists, Bentley Historical
Nancy Deromedi, Assistant Archivist, Bentley Historical Library
David Erdody, Media Development/Services, English Language Institute
Background / History

In 2002, it had been nearly 20 years since anyone had watched the Catford
Tapes. It was unclear exactly where they were stored and whether anyone was
actually benefiting from the fascinating content and story- telling
therein. Making sure that the lectures were not lost to obscurity or to
failing media was important. The mission: to have the tapes archived
somewhere, somehow, and made available to a larger audience.

The original eight VHS tapes, it turned out, were not at the Linguistics
Department, but rather at the English Language Institute Library. The ELI
was moving due to building demolition and the tapes were finally found in a
cardboard box, ready to be moved. I grabbed the tapes, with permission, and
contacted people for advice and help.

The VHS tapes fortunately transfered to digital tapes easily. From these
masters came other derivatives including other digital format tapes, mpeg
files and DVDs. Masters, DVDs and the original accompanying handouts,
obtaind from Prof. Catford himself, were accessioned by the Bentley.

Two missions are better than one .... Next was to see who might host
web-accessible versions of the videos. With help, the videos became the
first Bentley Library content to be hosted at Deep Blue, with downloadable
and streaming versions of the lectures. And here we are today. Follow the
links above.

The lectures were introduced by Alton Becker, Professor Emeritus of
Linguistics. So, these videos ''star'' the two people who most influenced
my view of linguistics and therefore two of the people who most influenced
my view of the world.

Alan Pagliere
MA, 1980, Linguistics, University of Michigan
Student of Professor Catford's, 1978-80
Teaching Assistant for Professor Catford's Course in Phonetics 1978-80

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Phonetics; Phonology; Translation

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