Date: Sat, 28 Sep 1996 13:07:34 -0400
From: "E. Wayles Browne" ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORNELL.EDU
Subject: Re: RE Amerax?
From the Ethnologue Database:
-- AMERAX (USA), Language code AEX, Continent North America, Genetic
affiliation Unclassified, Needs survey. Remarks: Spoken by Neo-Muslims in
prisons. It may have Arabic influences (J. Milton Cowan 1990). Religion:
Books edited by J. Milton Cowan:
-- Hans-Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, published by Spoken
J. Milton Cowan was a pioneer in using linguistics in organizing
intensive language courses for the Army during World War II.
After the war he founded the Division of Modern Languages at Cornell,
which later became the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics,
later the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Modern
Languages. He retired as chair of the Division/Department about 1972,
continued to live in Ithaca, ran the Spoken Language Services
publishing house (which distributed the World War II courses and
a number of newer ones), and died a couple of years ago. He was indeed
an Arabist, and produced the Arabic-English version of Hans Wehr's
highly regarded Arabic-German dictionary.
Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
Morrill Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.
tel. 607-255-0712 (o), 607-273-3009 (h)
fax 607-255-2044 (write FOR W. BROWNE)
e-mail ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cornell.edu