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Fri 17 Dec 1993

Books: History of linguistics

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HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS

Formigari, Lia SIGNS, SCIENCE AND POLITICS. PHILOSOPHIES OF LANGUAGE
IN EUROPE 1700-1830
 John Benjamins 1993 x 261 pp. History of Linguistics
 Cloth US:1 55619 365 3/EUR:90 272 4557 6 US$69.00/Hfl. 125,--
Tells the story of how 18th-century philosophy used Locke's theory of
signs to build a natural history of speech and to investigate the
semiotic tools with which nature and civil society could supposedly be
controlled. The story ends at the point where this approach to language
sciences was called into question. Its epilogue is the description of
the birth of an alternative between empiricism and idealism in late
18th- and early 19th- century theories of language.


Jespersen, Otto PROGRESS IN LANGUAGE. WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO
ENGLISH. WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY JAMES D. MCCAWLEY
 John Benjamins 1993 xviii, 186 pp. History of Linguistics
 Cloth US:1 55619 314 9/EUR:90 272 1992 3 US$55.00/Hfl. 100,--
Published one hundred years ago and early in his career, but shows how
much importance Jespersen attached to variation in language, how tightly
his views on change were integrated with his views on synchronic
grammar, and how sociolinguistic his thinking on change was. Also how
vast a collection of English examples he had already amassed.


Law, Vivien (ed.) HISTORY OF LINGUISTIC THOUGHT IN THE EARLY MIDDLE
AGES.
 John Benjamins 1993 viii, 243 pp.+ index History of Linguistics
 Cloth US:1 55619 366 1/EUR:90 272 4558 4 US$59.00/Hfl. 110,--
Surveys of linguistics in the Middle Ages often begin with the twelfth
century, dismissing the preceding six centuries as 'devoid of
originality' or 'dependent upon Donatus and Priscian'.This collection of
articles attempts to redress the balance, with articles on Virgilius
Maro Grammaticus, the Irish contribution to the analysis of Larin and
the Carolingian grammarians, among other topics.


Williams, Joanna Radwanska A PARADIGM LOST. THE LINGUISTIC THEORY OF
MIKOLAY KRUSZEWSKI
 John Benjamins 1993 xi, 200 pp. History of Linguistics
 Cloth US:1 55619 608 3/EUR:90 272 4559 2 US$53.00/Hfl. 95,--
Argues that Kruszewski's major work Ocerk nauki o jazyke ('An Outline of
the Science of Language) had the potential to be seminal to the field,
but because of historical factors, including his early death and the
simultaneous consolidation of the Neo-grammarian paradigm, this did not
happen


Wujastyk, Dominik METARULES OF PANINIAN GRAMMAR. VYADIS
PARIBHASAVRTTI. PART I & II. CRITICAL TEXT AND COMMENTARY
 Egbert Forsten (dist. by John Benjamins) 1993 xxiv, 95; xxxi, 304
 Paper US:90 6980 034 9 US$77.00 History of Linguistics
If we consider Panini's grammar with it's four thousand rules and lists
as a theory of the Sanskrit language (just as Newton's mechanics is a
throy of the dynamics of physical objects) then we can test it. There
are multitudes of corroborations, and a few wrong predictions. The
paribhasas are the extra rules to correct the predictions.
Introduces linguists to some of the complex issues in getting one of the
best theories of grammar ever to actually work.
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