John Maurice Hohlfeld Papers

Mss.Ms.Coll.46

Date: 1950-1972 | Size: 0.5 Linear feet, Ca. 500 items

Abstract

The educator and linguist John Maurice Hohlfeld received his doctorate in education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 for a dissertation focused on the teaching of foreign languages. Throughout his career as professor of linguistics at the Kennedy School of Missions at the Hartford Theological Seminary, Hohlfeld maintained an interest in the teaching of languages, and during the 1960s, he developed an interest in the linguistics of jokes and humor.

The Hohlfeld Papers consist of a small assemblage of materials related to the linguistic interests and teaching of John Maurice Hohlfeld. The most valuable materials in the collection are an assortment of student papers regarding the pedagogical materials used in teaching missionaries, including materials on three African languages, Fulani, Senoufo, and Bemba, as well as Machiguenga and Asmat. The collection also includes outlines and background materials for two works by Hohlfeld that never appeared in print, "Linguistic Structure of Jokes" and "Introduction to Applied Linguistics." The former consists of numerous jokes and comics culled by Hohlfeld from newspapers and the popular media for their linguistic implications.

Background note

The educator and linguist John Maurice Hohlfeld received his doctorate in education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 for a dissertation focused on the teaching of foreign languages. Throughout his career as professor of linguistics at the Kennedy School of Missions at the Hartford Theological Seminary and at the University of Hartford, Hohlfeld maintained an interest in applied linguistics and the teaching of languages, and during the 1960s, he developed an interest in the linguistics of jokes and humor.

Scope and content

The Hohlfeld Papers consist of a small assemblage of materials related to the linguistic interests and teaching of John Maurice Hohlfeld. The most valuable materials in the collection are an assortment of student papers regarding the pedagogical materials used in teaching missionaries, primarily in West Africa. These include materials on three African languages, Fulani, Senoufo, and Bemba, as well as Machiguenga (Peru) and Asmat (New Guinea).

The collection also includes outlines and background materials for two works by Hohlfeld that never appeared in print, "Linguistic Structure of Jokes" and "Introduction to Applied Linguistics." The former consists of numerous jokes and comics culled by Hohlfeld from newspapers and the popular media for their linguistic implications.

The folders are arranged alphabetically, using the titles supplied by Hohlfeld.

Collection Information

Provenance

Gift of Emma S. Hohlfeld, 1987 (accn no. 1987-39ms).

Preferred citation

Cite as: John Maurice Hohlfeld Papers, American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Recatalogued by rsc, 2003.

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Hartford Theological Seminary

Genre(s)

  • Syllabi

Subject(s)

  • Asmat language
  • Bemba language
  • English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers
  • Fulani language
  • Language and languages -- Study and teaching
  • Linguistics -- United States
  • Machiguenga language
  • Senoufo language
  • Structural linguistics
  • Wit and humor


Detailed Inventory

John Maurice Hohlfeld Papers
1950-19720.5 lin. feetbox 1
Braille ("Linguistics -- hearing, (Braille), (lip reading), listening")
1950-1972 
Comics, humor, jokes
1954-1970 

Clippings from newspapers and magazines.

Communication seminar
1953-1969 

Notes regarding seminar in communication arts and intro. to structural linguistics.

Etymology
1954-19722 folders
Hohlfeld, John Maurice.
An experiment employing two methods of teaching Spanish to College Freshmen
19502 copies

Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction to Applied Linguistics (rough draft)
n.d. 
Jokes (card file)
n.d. 

Transcribed jokes of uncertain provenance.

Language games
1956-1972 
Language learning techniques
1968-1969 
Linguistic assistance to foreign students
1951-1952, 1970 
Linguistic Structure of Jokes (newspaper clippings)
1962-1969 
Linguistic Structure of Jokes (rough draft)
n.d. 
Pedagogical materials -- Miscellaneous
1960-1969 
Pedagogical materials -- Student papers
1961-1967 
Anderson, Fred R..
Some factors relevant to the writing of a pedagogical grammar of Bemba
1962 
Bothel, Donald F., 1931-2007.
A critique of the lesson book of the Language School Mission Baptiste, Korhogo, Cote d'Ivoire
1961 
Kraft, Charles.
An evaluation of my Hausa pedagogical materials
1961 
Mainhood, Dorothy.
Language learning techniques
1967 
Mainhood, Dorothy.
Pedagogical materials
1967 
Orjala, Paul R..
A critique of An Introduction to Haitian Creole
1962 
Roessler, Calvin.
Asmat language pedagogical materials
n.d. 
Rogers, Miriam E..
A statement of desired additional work in language learning materials
1967 
Snell, Betty A..
Palatalized consonants and subject prefixes in Machiguenga
1963 
Stennes, Leslie H..
A sample lesson of pedagogical materials in Fulani
1961 
Literacy seminar
1952 

Notes regarding seminar in adult literacy at Kennedy School of Missions, Hartford Seminary Foundation.

Special projects in linguistics (Lin. 840)
1969-1971 

Notes regarding seminar at Kennedy School of Missions, Hartford Seminary Foundation, including two student papers.