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The report of the Trustees of the Endowment Funds is here appended:
The Trustees of the Endowment Fund report that during the year 1939 the sum of $90.00 has been received as Life Membership Fee of Margaret M. Bryant; and that the same has been placed in the Five Thousand Dollar United States Treasury Bond, due 1951-55, releasing the same amount of current funds used in the purchase of this Bond in 1933. The Five Thousand Dollar Bond is held by the First National Bank of Philadelphia, Centennial Branch, for the Trustees, subject to withdrawal by the Treasurer and one other Trustee.
The Endowment Funds are therefore as follows: Linguistic Society of America..
The Funds are thus invested:
1 $5000 Three per cent U. S. Treasury Bond, 1951-55, purchased for This Bond therefore now includes $1335.50 of current funds. The Treasurer reports the receipt of the interest due on this Bond, up to and including September 15, 1939, and states that the proportionate part, $64.42, has been placed to the credit of the Linguistic Institute.
(signed) Edwin B. Williams
Roland G. Kent, Treasurer
SCHEDULE OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES, AS OF DEC. 31 1939
The President announced that he had previously appointed Mr. Senn and Mr. K. S. Roberts to serve as Auditors of the Treasurer's report, and Mr. Senn reported that the Auditors had examined the accounts and the report of the Treasurer for the period Dec. 21, 1938, to Dec. 19, 1939, and had found them correct. On motion the report of the Treasurer was then adopted.
On motion of Mr. F. Edgerton, properly seconded, the Society by unanimous vote instructed the Executive Committee to take the proper steps to incorporate the Society.
On hehalf of the Executive Committee, the Secretary presented the following report:
During the year the Executive Committee, acting by correspondence, elected to membership several lists of nominees published in LANGUAGE as elected in 1939; fixed the time and place of the present meeting; and arranged the program, for which purpose Miss Pound, Mr. Albright, and Mr. Swadesh designated Messrs. Malone, Speiser, and Trager as their proxies, to avoid loss of time in correspondence.
The President appointed Mr. Malone and Mr. Senn as additional delegates to the Fifth International Congress of Linguists, which was to be held at Brussels August 28 to September 2, 1939; Mr. Luebke as delegate to the University of Denver's celebration of the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Granting of the Charter, March 3-5; Mr. Boysen as delegate to the opening of the San Jacinto Museum of History, at Houston, Texas, March 20-1; Mr. Sehrt as delegate to the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Georgetown University, May 28 to June 3. He further appointed as Committee on Nomination of Officers for 1940 Mr. E. H. Sturtevant, Chairman; Mr. Baugh; Mr. Keniston.
In consultation with the Executive Committee, the President reappointed Mr. Bolling to the Committee on Research, for a further term ending February 1, 1942; appointed Mr. Bloomfield to fill the unexpired term of Mr. E. H. Sturtevant, resigned, ending February 1, 1940; and appointed Mr. F. Edgerton Chairman of the Committee.
The Executive Committee, inasmuch as Mr. Armstrong declined election as delegate of the Society to the American Council of Learned Societies to complete Mr. Prokosch's unexpired term, elected Mr. G. S. Lane in his stead, for the term expiring at the end of 1940.
The Executive Committee appointed Mr. A. C. Baugh a Trustee of the Endowment Funds, in succession to Mr. F. C. Morgan, deceased.
The Executive Committee approved the resolution of the Summer Meeting of the Society, voted July 29, that the President of the Society should appoint a Committee to investigate the problem of the future of the Linguistic Institute, and to study its past records and achievements; and the President appointed to this Committee Mr. F. Edgerton as Chairman, Mr. Bloomfield, Mr. Fries, Miss Hahn, Mr. Kent, Mr. Kurath, Mr. E. H. Sturtevant.
The Executive Committee, with the Committee on Publications, met on Tuesday, December 26, at 7.45 P.M., at the Hotel Philadelphian, 39th and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia. Present, President Fries, presiding, and Mr. Kent, Mr. Senn, Mr. McQuown as proxy for Mr. Swadesh; also, by invitation but without votes, Miss Hahn, Messrs. Bloch, F. Edgerton, Goetze, Holmes, Kurath, Lane, E. H. Sturtevant.
The report of officers, of standing and special committees, and of delegates were informally presented and their contents considered.
In the absence of a report from Mr. Hanley, for the Committee on the Present Status of College and University Courses Announced under the Name of Phonetics (Mr. Hanley, Chairman; Mr. Stetson; Mr. Kenyon), which was by the terms of its appointment to report to the Executive Committee, the Committee was continued.
The Secretary announced that Mr. Luebke, Mr. Boysen, and Mr. Sehrt had reported that they had attended the celebrations to which they had severally been appointed the Society's delegates.
The Executive Committee nominated Mr. Sehrt to the American Documentation Institute, for a further term on its managing board.
The Executive Committee recommends that when the Director of the Linguistic Institute has made his report to the Society, the recommendations contained in that report be voted by the Society.
The Executive Committee recommends that the Committee on the Application of Linguistic Knowledge to the Practical Problems of Teachers of English be continued.
The Executive Committee recommends that the Society confirm the action of the special business session of the Society held at New York on the afternoon of December 29, 1938, whereby the Society should defend the suit brought by Mr. Preveden against certain persons as members of the unincorporated Linguistic Society of America.
A number of other matters were considered, but it seems unnecessary to give them a place in this formal report, as no actions were recommended.
The report was ordered to be received and filed. The first two recommendations of the Executive Committee were left for action at a later time in the session. The Society, by a unanimous vote, confirmed the
action of the special business session of the Society held on December 29, 1938, regarding the defense of the suit brought by Mr. Preveden. Approval was voted of the other actions of the Executive Committee which did not require formal adoption.
The report of Mr. Bolling, Editor and Chairman of the Society's Committee on Publications, was in his absence presented by Mr. Holmes, as a member of the Committee; after which it was on motion ordered to be received and filed:
On behalf of the Committee on Publications I have the honor of submitting the following report. During the year 1939 the Society has issued the following publications:
Language, Vol. 15, 271 pages.
Language Monograph No. 19: Harold Whitehall, Middle English ū and related sounds, their development in early American English; 79 pages. Language Dissertation No. 27: Dorothy May Paschall, The vocabulary of mental aberration in Roman comedy and Petronius; 88 pages; University of Chicago Dissertation.
Language Dissertation No. 28: Frank Pierce Jones, The ab urbe condita construction in Greek, a study in the classification of the participle; 96 pages; University of Wisconsin Dissertation.
Language Dissertation No. 29: Clement Manly Woodard, Words for Horse in French and Provençal, a study in dialectology; 84 pages; University of North Carolina Dissertation.
Language Dissertation No. 30: Jessie May Glenn, The neuter plural in Latin
iambic and trochaic verse; 30 pages; University of Pennsylvania Dissertation. Language Dissertation No. 31: Isidore Dyen, The Sanskrit indeclinables of the Hindu grammarians and lexicographers; 74 pages; University of Pennsylvania Dissertation.
Bulletin No. 12: Proceedings and list of members 1938; 72 pages.
Special Publication: Eduard Prokosch, A comparative Germanic grammar (in the William Dwight Whitney Linguistic Series of Yale University); 353 pages, bound in buckram; $4.50.
Special Publication: Edward Sapir and Morris Swadesh, Nootka texts (in the William Dwight Whitney Linguistic Series of Yale University); 334 pages, bound in buckram; $5.00.
Special Publication: Edgar H. Sturtevant, Supplement to A Hittite glossary, second edition (in the William Dwight Whitney Linguistic Series of Yale University); 49 pages; $1.00.
The following is with the printer, to appear in 1940:
Language Monograph No. 20: William B. S. Smith, De la toponymie bretonne.
A number of other volumes, both monographs and dissertations as well as special publications, are under consideration.
At the conclusion of my services as Editor I wish to thank all the members who have assisted me in this task, and especially Professor Roland G. Kent.
Mr. Sturtevant, Associate Director of the Linguistic Institute, presented the report of the Joint Committee of the Linguistic Society and the University of Michigan on the Linguistic Institute (Mr. Fries, Chairman; Mr. Sturtevant, Mr. Willey, Mr. Worrell, Mr. Kent):
In spite of the sharp reduction in the resources made available by the University of Michigan for the 1939 session of the Linguistic Institute there were offered the same number of courses as were given in 1938. In addition to the 23 courses regularly announced, Dr. Trager generously gave a course in Phonetics and Phonemics for an eager group of 8 students. The Faculty giving these courses consisted of 16 men (10 from the University of Michigan and 6 from outside the University-W. Berrien, W. F. Edgerton, M. B. Emeneau, G. A. Kennedy, G. L. Trager, C. F. Voegelin). Prof. L. Bloomfield came to Ann Arbor for 5 week-ends, giving a series of lectures on Comparative Algonquian and holding conferences, especially in connection with the work in recording living languages. In all, there were 302 registrations from 152 separate students (these figures do not include staff members who visited courses given by their colleagues). Eight students received small scholarships from the American Council of Learned Societies. As in former years, the Thursday luncheon conferences and the Wednesday and Friday evening lectures furnished the common meeting-place for the students in linguistics and a unifying influence for the Institute. Even more than in 1938 the July meeting of the Linguistic Society furnished the high point in the summer's activities.
Two aspects of the work of the 1939 session stood out as especially noteworthy. The first of these was the course in the History of the Egyptian Language, given by Prof. William F. Edgerton. So far as we know this is the first attempt to present systematically the changes that can be traced in the Egyptian language throughout the various stages of its long recorded history. The other noteworthy aspect of the 1939 Linguistic Institute was the emphasis upon descriptive techniques which characterized much of the work. Dr. Voegelin worked with a Delaware Indian; Dr. Emeneau with a native speaker of Tamil; and Dr. Trager with a Lithuanian informant.
Apart from the research work carried on with these informants the demonstrations of principles and technique by Dr. Emeneau and Dr. Voegelin proved the most valuable part of the evening course in the Introduction to the Scientific Study in Language. And Dr. Trager's course in Church Slavonic was also new in the thorough use that he made of the more modern methods of descriptive technique.
It will be remembered that in 1937, during the second session of the Linguistic Institute at Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan agreed to carry on the Linguistic Institute for an additional period of three years. The last session of that period will be that of the summer of 1940. In connection with this 1940 session the Linguistic Institute would ask the following actions by the Linguistic Society:
1. That the Linguistic Society continue its practice of support by making an appropriation of funds to assist in bringing special lecturers to the Linguistic Institute.
2. That the Linguistic Society again arrange for a special summer meeting at Ann Arbor during the last week-end in July.