Talk:William Dwight Whitney

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This article should be sourced to the 2005 biography by Stephen G. Alter instead of 100 year old sources of dubious reliability. I will be removing the 100 year old stuffs if there isn't any opposition here. Solomon7968 18:27, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

 Done I removed all 100 year old references and added {{cn}} tags for the claims. Solomon7968 09:59, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

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Clearing up the details of Whitney's education in Germany and Yale professorship[edit]

Hi Wikipedians! I thought the section on Whitney's educational journey through Yale and Germany were a bit imprecise. This is what currently appears on the Wikipedia article:

William_Dwight_Whitney#Life The lines I am thinking of in particular are:

...In 1850 he went to Germany, and for three years studied Sanskrit. He spent his winters at Berlin under Albrecht Weber and Franz Bopp, the summers being devoted to work under Rudolf von Roth at Tübingen.[citation needed] He gained wide reputation for his scholarship in the field. At Yale, he became professor of Sanskrit in 1854, adding comparative philology in 1869...

I propose revising this section in the following way:

...During this time Whitney lived at Yale University in Connecticut. In 1850 he then left the United States to study philology, and especially Sanskrit, in Germany. There, he spent his winters at Berlin studying under Franz Bopp and Albrecht Weber, and his summers were devoted to research under Rudolph von Roth at Tübingen. It was during his time in Germany that Whitney began a major life project, 'preparation of an edition and translation of the Atharva-veda'.[1] Later, in 1853, Yale University offered Whitney a position as 'Professor of Sanskrit' ‒ a position made just for him and the first of its kind in the United States. It was not until 1861, however, that he received his doctoral degree from the University of Breslau...

I paraphrased having read the Wikipedia article (the second sentence is basically the same as it was) and from his biographical profile in Margaret Thomas' book Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics [2].

Let me know what you think! This seems to be an improvement as Whitney's transitions from Yale to Germany and back to Yale (and then his receiving a doctoral degree way later) are more clearly explained, and a credible source is cited in support of these facts. Dogstar 7 (talk) 23:44, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

'Career' Header in Whitney's article[edit]

I thought it was strange that details about Whitney's wife and children are under the 'Career' header: [[1]]

Specifically, the following lines: On August 28, 1856 he married Elizabeth Wooster Baldwin. She was the daughter of Roger Sherman Baldwin, US Senator and Governor of the State of Connecticut.[citation needed] They had six children:[citation needed] Edward Baldwin Whitney was born August 16, 1857, became Assistant US Attorney General, and had son mathematician Hassler Whitney. Williston Clapp Whitney was born April 2, 1859 but died March 11, 1861. Marian Parker Whitney was born February 6, 1861, became a professor of German at Vassar College and trustee of Connecticut College for Women Roger Sherman Baldwin Whitney was born January 6, 1863, but died January 17, 1874. Emily Henrietta Whitney was born August 29, 1864. Margaret Dwight Whitney was born November 19, 1866.

It comes intrusively after discussing his editorial role for and contributions to the Century Dictionary.

So I will move the details about his family up into the 'Life' sub-section.Dogstar 7 (talk) 23:55, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ Thomas, Margaret (2011). Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics. New York, NY: Routledge. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-415-37303-6. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Margaret (2011). Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics. New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 119–124. ISBN 978-0-415-37303-6.