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Tue Nov 25 2003

Books: History of Linguistics, Europe: Law

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  1. jreid, The History of Linguistics in Europe: Law

Message 1: The History of Linguistics in Europe: Law

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 11:13:56 -0500 (EST)
From: jreid <>
Subject: The History of Linguistics in Europe: Law

Title: The History of Linguistics in Europe 
Subtitle: From Plato to 1600 

Publication Year: 2003 

Publisher: Cambridge University Press 

Book URL: 

Availability: Available 

Author: Vivian Law 

Paperback: ISBN: 0521565324, Pages: 326, Price: U.S.: 26 
Paperback: ISBN: 0521565324, Pages: 326, Price: U.K.: 19.95 


Authoritative and wide-ranging, this book examines the history of 
western linguistics over a 2000-year timespan, from its origins in 
ancient Greece up to the crucial moment of change in the Renaissance 
that laid the foundations of modern linguistics. Some of today's 
burning questions about language date back a long way: in 1400 BC 
Plato was asking how words relate to reality. Other questions go back 
just a few generations, such as our interest in the mechanisms of 
language change, or in the social factors that shape the way we 
speak. Vivien Law explores how ideas about language over the centuries 
have changed to reflect changing modes of thinking. A survey chapter 
brings the coverage of the book up to the present day. Classified 
bibliographies and chapters on research resources and the qualities 
the historian of linguistics needs to develop, provide the reader with 
the tools to go further. 

1. Getting ready to study the history of linguistics 
2. Greek philosophy and the origins of western linguistics 
3. Towards a discipline of grammar: the transition from philosophy 
4. From literacy to grammar: describing language structure in the 
ancient world 
5. Christianity and language 
6. The early Middle Ages 
7. The Carolingian Renaissance 
8. Scholasticism: linking language and reality 
9. Medieval vernacular grammars 
10. The Renaissance: discovery of the outer world 
11. And what happened next? Linguistics since 1600 - in brief 
12. Becoming a historian of linguistics 

Lingfield(s): History of Linguistics 

Written In: English (Language Code: English) 

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