Autumn 1944 • Vol. VI No. 4 Book Reviews |

Some Languages Are Better than Others

The Loom of Language by Frederick Bodmer. Edited by Lancelot Hogben. W. W. Norton. $3.75. Whatever else may be said of him, Lancelot Hogben is undoubtedly one of our more brilliant pedagogues. The Loom of Language, written under his eye and apparently at his prompting by the Swiss linguist Bodmer, completes a trivium for the adult education of our times. Like Mathematics for the Million and Science for the Citizen, the Loom is social in motif, practical in bias. Like them it is designed to cover a great area of information virtually ignored by the conventional systems of education. The real precursors of this book are not the various works on general linguistics with which it will be inevitably compared—works by Sapir, de Saussure, Vendryes, Graff, Gray, Bloomfield, and the like. They are Leibnitz's Nouveaux essais sur l'intendement humain, Max Muller's Lectures on the Science of Language, and W. D. Whitney's Language and the Study of Language. Within its tradition, The Loom of

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