Eleanor Jorden

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Eleanor Jorden with her husband, William J. Jorden, and the couple's son, W. Temple, in Berlin in 1956. Photo credit -- Harry Gilroy/The New York Times

Eleanor Harz Jorden (1920 – February 18, 2009) was an American linguistics scholar and an influential Japanese language educator and expert. Born Eleanor Harz, she married William Jorden, reporter and diplomat; the marriage ended in divorce.[1]

Dr. Jorden earned her Ph.D. at Yale University under the direction of Bernard Bloch in 1950.[2] She was best known for her seminal textbooks on the Japanese language, including Beginning Japanese and Japanese: The Spoken Language. The latter text included Jorden's JSL system of romaji for transcribing Japanese into Roman script. Her explanations of the subtleties of Japanese grammar and usage are still widely referenced today.

Jorden taught Japanese at many educational institutions, including Cornell University, Bryn Mawr College, Johns Hopkins University, Williams College, the University of Hawaii, International Christian University in Tokyo and Ohio State University. For many years, Jorden also served as Chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute (FSI).

Jorden also founded several programs, including the intensive FALCON Program at Cornell University and the Foreign Service Institute Japanese Language School in Tokyo, Japan. Jorden died in 2009, just two days before her ex-husband William Jorden.

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Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Jorden, Eleanor Harz & Chaplin, Hamako Ito (1962) Beginning Japanese: Part 1. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Jorden, Eleanor Harz & Chaplin, Hamako Ito (1963) Beginning Japanese: Part 2. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Jorden, Eleanor Harz & Chaplin, Hamako Ito (1976) Reading Japanese. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Jorden, Eleanor Harz & Noda, Mari (1987). Japanese, The Spoken Language: Part 1. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Jorden, Eleanor Harz & Noda, Mari (1988). Japanese, The Spoken Language: Part 2. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Jorden, Eleanor Harz & Noda, Mari (1990). Japanese, The Spoken Language: Part 3. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Jorden, Eleanor H., with Richard Lambert (1991). Japanese Language Instruction in the United States: Resources, Practice, and Investment Strategy. Washington, D.C.: Natl. Foreign Lang. Center.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fox, Maralit. "William J. Jorden, Reporter and Envoy, Dies at 85," New York Times. February 28, 2009.
  2. ^ J. Marshall Unger, Literacy and Script Reform in Occupation Japan (Oxford University Press US, 1996: ISBN 0-19-510166-9), p. 100.
  3. ^ a b c National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP), Eleanor Jorden.
  4. ^ a b c d "Eleanor 'Mudd' Harz Jorden Dies at 88," Vineyard Gazette. March 6, 2009.

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