LINGUIST List 10.714

Tue May 11 1999

Books: History of Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, German Ling, 19th Century Grammars of English, Nebrija

Message 1: German Ling, 19th Century Grammars of English, Nebrija

Date: Sun, 09 May 1999 16:23:45 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: German Ling, 19th Century Grammars of English, Nebrija

John Benjmains Publishing announces the availability of these three new
works on the History of Linguistics:

Images of Language.
Six essays on German attitudes to European languages from 1500 to 1800.
William Jervis JONES
Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 89
US & Canada: 1 55619 633 4 / USD 75.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 4577 0 / NLG 150.00 (Hardcover)

This volume consists of six essays on interrelated themes, focusing on
key aspects of language reflection during the period 1500-1800, with
particular emphasis on the seventeenth century. German speakers are
seen attempting to discover and define the nature of adjacent
languages, whilst also shaping and demarcating the identity and image
of their native tongue.

The first essay outlines and illustrates what European linguists
believed, in an age before the advent of comparative philology, about
the historical-genetic position of German within the circle of
Classical and modern European languages.

Three further essays explore the surprisingly rich diversity of
approach and method in earlier foreign-word purism, the puristic use
of lexis and metaphor (with special reference to gender-specific
imagery), and prominent reaction to the intrusive foreign word in
German military usage. The last two essays span a wide range of
attitudes and reaction to the French language among German speakers,
and early German perceptions of that marginal (and in the popular view
excessively contaminated) language, English. The work makes frequent
reference to contemporary views of other languages, including Hebrew,
Greek Latin, Italian and Spanish. Documented with much new material
from about 300 original sources, these essays bring to light the ideas
aired by many hitherto neglected personalities, whilst also deepening
our understanding of better-known figures and their work.

An Annotated Bibliography of Nineteenth-Century Grammars of English.
With a foreword by Ian Michael.
Library and Information Sources in Linguistics 26
US & Canada: 1 55619 256 8 / USD 89.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3752 2 / NLG 178.00 (Hardcover)

In the 19th century, education became accessible to much wider circles
of society in a great number and variety of schools and the teaching
of grammar came to be obligatory from 1870/72 with the advent of
general education. Whereas these general trends of the 19th century
are well-known to scholars working in different disciplines of social
history, and the history of education in particular, it is still true
that major sections of the evidence are largely uncollected. This is
especially so for school books: there is virtually a gap between the
18th century and the present grammatical tradition. This bibliography
lists some 1930 works on English grammar published in the 19th
century, mainly in Britain and the US, half of which are accompanied
by short descriptions of their physical make-up, content and

Bibliografia Nebrisense.
Las obras completas del humanista Antonio de Nebrija desde 1481 hasta
nuestros dias.
Miguel Angel ESPARZA TORRES, and Hans-Josef NIEDEREHE
Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 90
US & Canada: 1 55619 634 2 / USD 95.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 4578 9 / NLG 190.00 (Hardcover)

The Spanish humanist Antonio de Nebrija (1444-1522) is the author of an
impressive body of scientific work which comprises a broad spectrum of
humanistic knowledge. While the languages dealt with by Nebrija include
not only Latin and Spanish, but the most prominent Romance languages, his
grammatical work focuses on Latin, Castillian, Greek and even Hebrew.
Moreover, his (bilingual) lexicographical studies combine Spanish, Latin,
French, Catalan and Italian. In addition, there are medical dictionaries,
dictionnaries of law, works on the Holy Bible, geographical research,
treatises on rhethoric and history as well as on many other areas of
contemporary knowledge. Most of these works have been published for
allmost five centuries, thus inspiring European and missionary linguistics
as well as Western philological traditions. They have served as models and
sources for a great number and range of studies conducted and published
not only in Spain, but nearly all over the world.
Apart from the original version of Nebrija's works, numerous copies, also
continuously produced during the past centuries, are accessible in
international libraries. Many of these copies possess a great
bibliographical value.

The Bibliografia Nebrisense is a catalogue, listing the different editions
of Nebrija's highly diversified works. It provides information on the
technical caracteristics of the individual editions and their respective
locations. A complete bio-bibliographical study is added together with an
exhaustive listing of secondary sources.

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