Education: Anatomy of Lingo

Manhattan Publisher William Warder Norton rarely wears a hat, rarely publishes fiction. He wants books which will win scholarly praise. In Lancelot Hogben's Mathematics for the Million he had a best-seller (200,000 copies) which won the praise of such mathematicians as Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell. Last fortnight he published a Hogben-edited book which is equally scholarly and fit for laymen. It seeks to explain the evolution, anatomy, functioning, diseases and future of language.

The Loom of Language (W. W. Norton; $3.75) contains 692 pages of Swiss Philologist Frederick Bodmer's solid lore about...

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