Did Emeneau make plans for a DED3? (Re: Sanskrit and Tamil question

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK
Wed Oct 15 09:14:21 UTC 2008

I found George's reminiscences of Emmenneau's personal life below very
evocative and striking.  I would like to encourage other members of this
INDOLOGY forum to share their own memories and notices of teachers and
colleagues, from time to time.  I think it greatly enriches this forum.


On Tue, 14 Oct 2008, George Hart wrote:

> Shortly after Emeneau's death, Bill Bright (sadly, since deceased)
> made arrangements to go to Emeneau's house to look over his papers and
> books.  I went with him and brought a high-speed scanning device to
> make copies of any important papers we might find.  We did find a
> treasure-trove of books, which were sent to Berkeley's Linguistics and
> South Asian library, depending on content -- Bill recorded every
> book.  To our surprise, we did not find any papers at all, and the
> scanner went unused.  Emeneau never in my hearing mentioned a third
> edition of DED.  It was quite moving to see the humble surroundings in
> which the great scholar had lived since he came to Berkeley in the
> 30's -- his house, in poor repair, was quite small.  He lived there
> alone until his death at the age of 101.  His mind was clear until the
> end, and he apparently died in his sleep.  One can only marvel at the
> quantity and quality of what he produced without ever once having used
> a computer.  George Hart

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