- June 5-6, 1981
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Denzel Carr (1900-1983) was an extremely important and influencial lingust in the 20th century. He completed his education at the University of Oklahoma, University of Cracow, and with a PhD from Yale in 1937. Language fastinated Carr and he coined the term "linguistic eleutheromania" which refers to the reflection of nationalism and the state of international politics on the reforms in the script of a language. He served as an advisor to the District Intelligence Officer for the Fourteenth Naval District where he helped answer the nisei question. Nisei, or American citizens of Japanese ancestry of military age, were sent to the European theatre of war rather than the Pacific. From 1945 to 1948, Carr worked as Chief of the Language Division in the International Prosecution section of the Occupation Headquarters. He was sent in 1950 to serve as Officier in Charge of the Language Division at the U.S. Naval School. 1948 he began teaching at University of California Berkely in the Orential Languages Department were he remained an important influence for many years. In 1955 he was awarded a fellowship to complete study in Indonesia. He was powerful force in the field of languages, making many linguistic discoveries, and advocating for the education in many different languages. He passed away in 1983.