CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2004 |
Robert Burchfield, an innovative lexicographer who was chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionaries from 1971 to 1984, has died, the Oxford University Press announced Tuesday. He was 81. Burchfield died Monday in Oxfordshire, a spokeswoman said. No cause of death was announced. From an early age, the New Zealand-born Burchfield loved the English language, which he once described as "a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1994
I believe that Professor Kwaku Person-Lynn (Voices, Nov. 28, "Language Keeps Racism Alive") had something of value to say. However, his manipulation of word definitions was truly outrageous. To begin with, word processor programs do not provide extensive word definitions with the many variable meanings that exist in the English language. Secondly, when I turned to my dictionary (The Concise Oxford English Dictionary) to see how it defined ethnic I was given the following: 1. a. (of a social group)
April 21, 2013 |
In her long and illustrious career, Jamaica Kincaid has tackled many genres of literature. So best believe her when she says that her 2013 work "See Now Then" is a novel and a work of fiction. Period. That's why, she said in a discussion with Hector Tobar on Sunday at the Festival of Books, "the most irritating thing" about the reaction to the book has been the insinuation that it is really a roman-a-clef, a memoir disguised as a fiction. "I will assert that if I were a white man this would not be the conversation," Kincaid told the audience at the Embassy Room Auditorium, who responded with a round of applause.
November 25, 1994 |
Erick Hawkins--the grand old man of American dance, who burst into stardom with Martha Graham in the 1930s only to break away 20 years later to choreograph a style of his own that helped shape modern ballet--has died in New York City at 85. Associates said that Hawkins, who suffered a crippling stroke in 1988 that forced him into a wheelchair but sapped none of his vigor and enthusiasm for the art he pursued for 60 years, succumbed to prostate cancer on Wednesday after a long illness.
July 10, 1988 |
"We begin around AD 1000 when the documentary record suddenly becomes richer. Another turning point, no less dramatic, occurred some time between 1300 and 1350. After this, everything takes a new coloration. The change was in part accidental (precipitated, most notably, by the Black Plague of 1348-1350), yet within a few decades it (was) profoundly altered by the way people lived throughout the Western world.