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Encyclopedia > Mary Haas

Mary Rosamund Haas (born January 12, 1910; died May 17, 1996) was an American linguist who specialized in North American Indian languages, Thai, and historical linguistics. January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... -1... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Assiniboin Boy, an Atsina Native Americans in the United States (also Indians, American Indians, First Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Peoples, Aboriginal Americans, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Original Americans) are those indigenous peoples within the territory that is now encompassed by the continental United States, and their descendants in modern times. ... Historical linguistics (also diachronic linguistics or comparative linguistics) is primarily the study of the ways in which languages change over time, by means of examining languages which are recognizably related through similarities such as vocabulary, word formation, and syntax, as well as the surviving records of ancient languages. ...


Haas was born on January 12, 1910 in Richmond, Indiana, where she attended high school, and later Earlham College. At the University of Chicago she undertook graduate work on comparative philology. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from Yale University in 1935 with a dissertation entitled A Grammar of the Tunica Language. (Tunica was a language once spoken in present-day Louisiana.) Haas worked with the last fluent speaker of Tunica, Sesostrie Youchigant, producing extensive texts and vocabularies. Shortly afterwards, she also conducted fieldwork with the last two speakers of Natchez in Oklahoma, Watt Sam and Nancy Raven, resulting in extensive unpublished field notes that constitute the most reliable source of information on the Natchez language. January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... -1... Richmond, Indiana is a city in eastern Indiana, near the border of Ohio. ... Earlham College is a highly selective Quaker liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana. ... The University of Chicago is a private university primarily located in the Hyde Park neigborhood of Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1890, doors opened in 1892. ... Historical linguistics (also diachronic linguistics or comparative linguistics) is primarily the study of the ways in which languages change over time, by means of examining languages which are recognizably related through similarities such as vocabulary, word formation, and syntax, as well as the surviving records of ancient languages. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, and someone who engages in this study is called a linguist or linguistician. ... Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. ... The Tunica (or Tonica) language was a language isolate spoken in present-day Louisiana in the United States. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last official government census, but probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 31st 134,382 km² 210 km 610 km 16 29°N to 33°N 89°W to...


Haas was noted for her dedication to teaching linguistics, and to the role of the linguist in language instruction. Her student Karl Teeter pointed out in his obituary of Haas that she trained more Americanist linguists than her former instructors Edward Sapir and Franz Boas combined: she supervised fieldwork in Americanist linguistics by more than 100 Ph.D. students. Edward Sapir. ... Franz Boas Franz Boas (July 9, 1858 – December 22, 1942) was one of the pioneers of modern anthropology and is often called the Father of American Anthropology. Like many such pioneers, he trained in other disciplines; he received his doctorate in physics, and did post-doctoral work in geography. ...


As a result of World War II, she turned to the study and teaching of the Thai language, and she would go on to become a pioneer in the field of Siamese language studies. Her authoritative Thai-English Students' Dictionary, published in 1964, is still in use. Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths World War II, also known as the Second World War (sometimes WW2 or WWII), was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the globe and is accepted as... The Thai language (ภาษาไทย, phasa thai, meaning the language of Thais), is the national and official language of Thailand and the mother tongue of the Thai people, Thailands dominant ethnic group. ... The Thai language is the official language of Thailand. ...


She served as President of the Linguistic Society of America in 1963. The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is an organization devoted to the scientific study of human language, and is the major professional society for linguistic researchers in North America and beyond. ...


She died on May 17, 1996. May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


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