Nicholas Bodley wrote:

> (Any off-topic comments about Mario Pei, one of my early encouragements
> (books, not in person!)?)

For many people of my generation and earlier, they were the only books
on language available anywhere (there was certainly no linguistics in
the public library in the 50s and 60s), yet most of us have managed to
master linguistics despite them.
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...