Frederick Bodmer

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Frederick Bodmer (actually Friedrich Bodmer) (14 February 1894 – 2 January 1960) was a Swiss philologist and author of the popular book The Loom of Language.


He wrote his PhD thesis in 1924 at University of Zurich on the topic Studies about a dialogue in Nathan by G E Lessing (Studien zum Dialog in Lessings Nathan). After that he taught in Europe and at University of Cape Town. Later he held a position within the Department of Modern Languages at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was succeeded in his position at MIT by Noam Chomsky in 1955.[1]


  • 1944 The Loom of Language. An Approach to the Mastery of Many Languages. ISBN 0-393-30034-X.


  1. ^ Linguistics at MIT: a personal view on how it all began (

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