His mother died shortly thereafter and his father was killed in the Battle of the Marne inso Ricoeur and his sister were reared by their paternal grandparents and an unmarried aunt in Rennes.
Life[ edit ] Childhood and youth[ edit ] Sapir was born into a family of Lithuanian Jews in Lauenburg in the Province of Pomerania where his father, Jacob David Sapir, worked as a cantor. The family was not Orthodoxand his father maintained his ties to Judaism through its music.
The Sapir family did not stay long in Pomerania and never accepted German as a nationality. Edward Sapir's first language was Yiddish and later English. Inwhen he was four years old, the family moved to Liverpool, England, and in to the United States, to RichmondVirginia. Here Edward Sapir lost his younger brother Max to typhoid fever.
His father had difficulty keeping a job in a synagogue and finally settled in New York on the Lower East Sidewhere the family lived in poverty. As Jacob Sapir could not provide for his family, Sapir's mother, Eva Seagal Sapir, opened a shop to supply the basic necessities.
They formally divorced in After settling in New York, Edward Sapir was raised mostly by his mother, who stressed the importance of education for upwardly social mobility, and turned the family increasingly away from Judaism. Even though Eva Sapir was an important influence, Sapir received his lust for knowledge and interest in scholarship, aesthetics, and music from his father.
At age 14 Sapir won a Pulitzer scholarship to the prestigious Horace Mann high schoolbut he chose not to attend the school which he found too posh, going instead to DeWitt Clinton High School and saving the scholarship money for his college education.
Through the scholarship Sapir supplemented his mother's meager earnings. Through Germanics professor William CarpenterSapir was exposed to methods of comparative linguistics that were being developed into a more scientific framework than the traditional philological approach.
He also took courses in Sanskrit, and complemented his language studies by studying music in the department of the famous composer Edward MacDowell though it is uncertain whether Sapir ever studied with MacDowell himself.
In his last year in college Sapir enrolled in the course "Introduction to Anthropology", with Professor Livingston Farrandwho taught the Boas "four field" approach to anthropology. He also enrolled in an advanced anthropology seminar taught by Franz Boasa course that would completely change the direction of his career.
In this way Sapir was introduced to Indigenous American languages while he kept working on his M. Robert Lowie later said that Sapir's fascination with indigenous languages stemmed from the seminar with Boas in which Boas used examples from Native American languages to disprove all of Sapir's common-sense assumptions about the basic nature of language.
Sapir's Master's thesis was an analysis of Johann Gottfried Herder 's Treatise on the Origin of Language, and included examples from Inuit and Native American languages, not at all familiar to a Germanicist. The thesis criticized Herder for retaining a Biblical chronology, too shallow to allow for the observable diversification of languages, but he also argued with Herder that all of the world's languages have equal aesthetic potentials and grammatical complexity.
He ended the paper by calling for a "very extended study of all the various existing stocks of languages, in order to determine the most fundamental properties of language" - almost a program statement for the modern study of linguistic typologyand a very Boasian approach. Having finished his coursework, Sapir moved on to his doctoral fieldwork, spending several years in short term appointments while working on his dissertation.
Tillohash was Sapir's collaborator on the famous description of the Southern Paiute language Sapir's first fieldwork was on the Wishram Chinook language in the summer offunded by the Bureau of American Ethnology. This first experience with Native American languages in the field was closely overseen by Boas, who was particularly interested in having Sapir gathering ethnological information for the Bureau.
Sapir gathered a volume of Wishram texts, publishedand he managed to achieve a much more sophisticated understanding of the Chinook sound system than Boas.
In the summer of he worked on Takelma and Chasta Costa. Sapir's work on Takelma became his doctoral dissertation, which he defended in The dissertation foreshadowed several important trends in Sapir's work, particularly the careful attention to the intuition of native speakers regarding sound patterns that later would become the basis for Sapir's formulation of the phoneme.
Kroeber suggested that Sapir study the nearly extinct Yana languageand Sapir set to work. Sapir worked first with Betty Brown, one of the language's few remaining speakers. Later he began work with Sam Batwi, who spoke another dialect of Yana, but whose knowledge of Yana mythology was an important fount of knowledge.
Sapir described the way in which the Yana language distinguishes grammatically and lexically between the speech of men and women.
In the end Sapir didn't finish the work during the allotted year, and Kroeber was unable to offer him a longer appointment. Disappointed at not being able to stay at Berkeley, Sapir devoted his best efforts to other work, and did not get around to preparing any of the Yana material for publication until to Kroeber's deep disappointment.
At Pennsylvania he worked closely with another student of Boas, Frank Speckand the two undertook work on Catawba in the summer of Intending originally to work on Hopi, he studied the Southern Paiute language ; he decided to work with Tony Tillohashwho proved to be the perfect informant.
Tillohash's strong intuition about the sound patterns of his language led Sapir to propose that the phoneme is not just an abstraction existing at the structural level of language, but in fact has psychological reality for speakers.
Tillohash became a good friend of Sapir, and visited him at his home in New York and Philadelphia. Sapir worked with his father to transcribe a number of Southern Paiute songs that Tillohash knew. This fruitful collaboration laid the ground work for the classical description of the Southern Paiute language published in and enabled Sapir to produce conclusive evidence linking the Shoshonean languages to the Nahuan languages - establishing the Uto-Aztecan language family.
Sapir's description of Southern Paiute is known by linguistics as "a model of analytical excellence". His "Grammar of Southern Paiute" was supposed to be published in Boas' Handbook of American Indian Languagesand Boas urged him to complete a preliminary version while funding for the publication remained available, but Sapir did not want to compromise on quality, and in the end the Handbook had to go to press without Sapir's piece.
Boas kept working to secure a stable appointment for his student, and by his recommendation Sapir ended up being hired by the Canadian Geological Survey, who wanted him to lead the institutionalization of anthropology in Canada.
When he was hired, he was one of the first full-time anthropologists in Canada.Ricoeur essays on biblical interpretation.
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