North American Scholar

MEADER, Clarence Linton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1867-08-12
  • Born City: Battle Creek
  • Born State/Country: MI
  • Parents: John Murray & Maria A. Fredericks
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1967-07-01
  • Death City: Garden Grove
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Virginia Davis Farmer, 19 Sept. 1894; Xenia Ethel Burt, 1926.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Michigan, 1891; Ph.D., 1902; study at ASCSA, 1892; Bonn, 1893; Munich, 1898-9; fell. ASCSR, 1899.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat., U. Michigan, 1893; prof. Lat., Sanskrit, & gen. ling., 1904-38; in chge. of Russ. instr., 1908.

  • Dissertation:

    "A Semasiological Study of the Pronouns Hie and Iste" (Michigan, 1901); printed as The Latin Pronouns is, hic, iste, ipse: A Semasiological Study (New York & London, 1901).

  • Publications:

    "Types of Sentence Structure in Latin Prose Writers," TAPA 36 (1905) 32-51; "Some Recent Changes in Point of View in the Study and Teaching of the Ancient Languages," School Review 15 (1907) 754-61; The Present Education Situation in Russia (Chicago, 1909); "The Usage of idem, ipse, and Words of Related Meaning," in Latin Philology, ed. Meader, U. Michigan Stud. Hum. Ser. vol. Ill (New York, 1910); "The Development of Copulative Verbs in the Indo-European Languages," TAPA 43 (1912) 173-200; Leonid Andreyeff, Plays (trans, with Fred Newton Scott) (New York, 1915); The Psychology of Language, with W. B. Pillsbury (New York & London, 1928); Handbook of Biolinguistics, with John H. Muyskens (Toledo, 1950).

  • Notes:

    Clarence L. Meader was associated with his alma mater as student and professor for over 50 years. The University of Michigan was the first to develop the field of general linguistics, to which Meader contributed significantly, following the departure of George Hempl. He brought to the study of language not only philological expertise, but wide knowledge of various biological processes, anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology, disciplines to which he devoted much time and study. In his 83d year he published the capstone of his life's work, his Handbook of Biolinguistics with John Muyskens of the UM Speech Department. In this book he traced speech defects to physiological causes. In 1908 he taught the first Russian course at Michigan and for the last 25 years of his career confined his teaching to general linguistics and Russian. He also instituted a course on Roman law as well as a course in hermeneutics. His energy and interest seemed not to flag even after retirement, and at 95 he taught at the Rackham Center in Detroit. He maintained his 20-acre farm with a garden full of vegetables and flowers.

  • Sources:

    Bentley Historical Library, U. Michigan; WhAm 7:396.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.