Henry Allan Gleason (linguist)

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This article is about the linguist. For his father, the botanist, see Henry A. Gleason (botanist).
Henry Allan Gleason
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With his brother, mathematician Andrew Mattei Gleason (left), in Toronto, 1969
Born April 18, 1917
Died January 13, 2007(2007-01-13) (aged 89)
Fields Linguistics
Institutions University of Toronto
Alma mater Hartford Seminary

Henry Allan 'Al' Gleason, Jr. (April 18, 1917 – January 13, 2007) was a linguist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He taught at the university for many years and retired in the 1980s.[1]

Gleason began studying at Hartford Seminary in 1938 and received his PhD in 1946.[2] His 1961 text "Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics" (with an accompanying workbook)[3] was described in the journal Language as a suitable update to Leonard Bloomfield's well-known textbook Language.[4]

Gleason was a member of the American Bible Society,[3] and a pastor in Fancy Gap, Virginia.[5] His father was botanist Henry Gleason, and mathematician Andrew Gleason was his brother.

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  1. ^ Summer Newsletter: 1. August 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Praxis: News from Hartford Seminary. XIX (1): 10. April 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b Gleason, Henry Allan (1961). An Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. p. 503. ISBN 978-0-03-010465-7. 
  4. ^ Agard, Frederick B.; William G. Moulton (1956-07-01). "Review of "An Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics"". Language. 32 (3): 469–477. doi:10.2307/410568. ISSN 0097-8507. JSTOR 410568. 
  5. ^ "Gleason, H. Allan Jr.". Hartford Courant. 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011. Gleason, H. Allan Jr. January 18, 2007