THE untimely death of William James Entwistle took from us one of the most learned philologists of the English-speaking world. He had long been distilling from his vast experience of languages reflections on general theoretical problems of linguistics, and it is some measure of consolation for a grievous loss that shortly before his death he delivered to the publishers the completed typescript of the present book. In a letter to me at the time he wrote 'My Aspects of Language is a complete ms, done for the tenth time'. For an editor who knew Entwistle's amazing neatness, carefulness, and power of work there remained nothing except the mechanics of proof-reading. His own text stands without emendation except for obvious typing errors. In the same letter he alluded to friends who had read his typescript 'as the range of languages is too wide for my unsupported testimony'. I would ask those unnamed friends to accept from me the grateful acknowledgement which he would have made explicit.
L. R. PALMER