Monday, December 18, 2017


By Definition

Richard Thomas, "Cal Watkins," Proceedings of the 25th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference: Los Angeles, October 25th and 26th, 2013, ed. Stephanie W. Jamison et al. (Bremen: Hempen, 2014), pp. 15-17 (at 16):
Cal was immensely proud of the generations of students he trained who now hold positions across the country and beyond. He would have appreciated some of their recollections:
One—like Cal a proud Texan—recalls introductory Hittite. Cal "floated the idea of reading Palaic, and I asked whether it was a valuable language to learn. Cal gave me what we Texans call the stink-eye and said 'Every language is valuable ... by definition.' [This] tells you everything you need to know about where his heart was. This was a man who loved languages, not just to mine them, but to cherish them as treasures, and to share his love of them."

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