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Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism

Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism

Robert Barsky
The MIT Press
320 pages
$29.95

“Barsky has managed to pull together the strands of a complex life with warmth, humor, and archival research of unusual depth. Harris emerges in this book not only as one of the giants of a golden age for linguistics in the United States, but also as a political activist and thinker of great subtlety. Barsky lucidly explicates Harris’s fearfully complex ideas on language as well as recreates the lively debates and utopian brio of the Zionist organization, Avukah. With this book a new member joins the pantheon of American originals.”

Michael Holquist , Professor of Comparative and Slavic Literature Emeritus, Yale University

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