Education: The Last Word

An authority on Romance languages, Provost Edwin Williams of the University of Pennsylvania is in a good position to know that "language changes so rapidly, there's no end to keeping up with it." English and Spanish, for instance, are in a constant race: with a score of different nations adding to one, and the U.S. and British Commonwealth adding to the other, it is no wonder that dictionaries in the bilingual field fall way behind. Last week, with the publication of his own Spanish-English dictionary (Holt; $7.50-$8.50), Williams brought things up to date.

Ever since he joined the Penn faculty, Williams has...

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