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Title: Zum heutigen Stand der Sprachwissenschaft
Written By: Karl Brugmann
Series Title: Cambridge Library Collection - Linguistics

Karl Brugmann (1849–1919) was one of the central figures in the circle of
Neogrammarians who rejected a prescriptive approach to the study of
language in favour of diachronic study. This short overview of the
development of comparative Indo-European linguistics and philology in the
second part of the nineteenth century was first published in 1885, the year
before Brugmann’s celebrated multi-volume comparative grammar of
Indo-European began to appear. To Brugmann, language is not an autonomous
organism that develops according to inherent laws. It exists only in the
individual speaker, and every change in a language takes place because of
the speaker, though speakers share similar psychological and physical
processes. Traditional philologists, including Brugmann’s former university
teacher Georg Curtius (1820–1885), were extremely hostile to the
Neogrammarians’ approach. Here, Brugmann responds to Curtius’ criticism and
defends his research methodology and theories.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Discipline of Linguistics

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1108006930
ISBN-13: 9781108006934
Pages: 156
Prices: U.K. £ 12.99
U.S. $ 19.99