Louise Pound


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(1872–1958), linguist and folklorist. The most prominent woman academician in the United States in the 1920s, Louise Pound was largely responsible for the unprecedented observation and recording of American English and American folkways during the first half of the twentieth century. Although she took her doctorate in Germanic philology at Heidelberg and taught and wrote about earlier periods of English language and literature throughout her career, Pound was always comfortable with her identity as a Nebraskan and an American; she described in hundreds of articles and speeches the regional, colloquial, spontaneous, and proscribed uses of language in the United States. H. L. Mencken, with whom Pound corresponded for more than three decades, acknowledged in his diary and in public tributes that Pound was the central figure in the investigation of American English.


From The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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