Friday, June 1, 2012

The Linguist’s Calendar: June 1

June 1

1940: Evelyn Pike gives birth to a daughter, the first child of linguist Ken Pike.

1952: Michael Ventris produces the last of his Work Notes, where he first reveals his find that Linear B is a written form of Greek.

1981: The first English language daily newspaper in the People’s Republic of China, the China Daily, begins publication.

1987: Stanford University Press publishes Joseph Greenberg’s controversial Language in the Americas.

1991: Geoffrey Pullum’s entertaining and oft-cited The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax and Other Irreverent Essays on the Study of Language is published by the University of Chicago Press.

1993: Within the Lojban movement, a language reform known as The Great Rafsi Reallocation goes into effect.

1999: The Nepalese Supreme Court rules the use of minority languages in the country’s administration “non-constitutional and illegal.”

2002: For the first time since its inception in 1996, the Terralingua organization, promoter of linguistic and biological diversity, gets an office, located in Washington.

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