ನಿವೃತ್ತನಾದ ಮೇಲೆ ಈಗ ನಾನು ಯಾವ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನೂ ಕಲಿಸುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ; ಆದರೂ ನಾನು ಕಲಿತ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ನನ್ನ ಅಭಿರುಚಿಯನ್ನು ಪೋಷಿಸುತ್ತಲೆ ಇರುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಅಂದ ಹಾಗೆ, ನನ್ನ ರೆಫರನ್ಸ್ ಗ್ರಾಮರ್ ಆಫ್ ಸ್ಪೋಕನ್ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪಿಡಿಎಫ್ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಿದೆ: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/kannada
Professor Emeritus, (retd.)
of Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Department of South Asia Studies
University of Pensulvania
He agreed, so I was able to get an intensive summer of the language under my belt. What happened next was that there was a Peace Corps program at the University of California, Davis, that was training volunteers in Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi. They got my name from Bright, and asked me to come for three months and teach Kannada. I didn’t know much Kannada, of course, but I knew more than they did, and I thought I knew how to teach it, so I left the frozen shores of Lake Michigan (it was February, 1965), and went to sunny California and kept a jump ahead of my students. I had already chosen to write my M.A. thesis in Linguistics on the morphophonemics of the Kannada verb, so I kept working on that and presented my thesis at the end of the summer before I left for India.
I had a grant to do my Ph.D. dissertation on Tamil, and was invited to come to Annamalai University in Tamilnadu, where there was a flourishing Linguistics Department. There the students in Linguistics were all expected to study another Dravidian language, other than their own, so Kannada was offered along with others.
After I returned to the U.S., I got a job at the University of Washington, where we started having summer institutes together with some other west-coast universities, and I had the opportunity to teach Kannada in two summer institutes—one at Washington, and another at Texas. In fact at Texas I was teaching both elementary Kannada and elementary Tamil, which was confusing at first, but eventually I was able to keep the two straight!
Now that I am retired, I do not do any language teaching at all, but I still keep up my interest in various languages I have studied. My Reference Grammar of Spoken Kannada is incidentally available on-line in PDF format, at