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Query:   History of Linguistics
Author:  Fay Wouk
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   History of Linguistics

Summary:   FOR QUERY: LINGUIST 11.2780

SOME TIME AGO I POSTED A QUERY ABOUT READINGS IN THE HISTORY OF
LINGUISTICS. I RECEIVED TWO REPLIES, WHICH I QUOTE IN FULL.

JOHN PHILLIPS WROTE:

THE FIRST HALF OF PIETER SEUREN'S ''WESTERN LINGUISTICS, AN HISTORICAL
INTRODUCTION'' IS A CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT OF THE SUBJECT. IT'S WELL
WRITTEN AND ENTERTAINING AND I'M SURE YOU COULD FIND SOME SECTIONS
IN IT WHICH WOULD BE SUITABLE AS READINGS.

PETER T. DANIELS WROTE:

THE STANDARD REMAINS, WITH GOOD REASON, R. H. ROBINS' *SHORT HISTORY OF
LINGUISTICS* (I BELIEVE THE 3D ED. WAS THE LAST).

IF YOU NEED A SHORT OVERVIEW, THERE'S THE CHAPTER IN THE NEW BLACKWELL
*HANDBOOK OF LINGUISTICS* BY YOUR OWN LYLE CAMPBELL.

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS IF YOUR STUDENTS WANT TO DO A PAPER IN THE
AREA:

/UNEXPECTEDLY FASCINATING IS P. I. MATTHEWS, *GRAMMATICAL THEORY IN THE
UNITED STATES, 1925-1950* (OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT), IN THE CAMBRIDGE
BLUE SERIES, WHICH SHOWS CONCLUSIVELY HOW CHOMSKY GROWS OUT OF, AND IS
NOT A REACTION AGAINST, BLOOMFIED AND HIS FOLLOWERS.

FOR THE PERIOD THAT HAS ATTRACTED THE MOST ATTENTION, THE TREATMENT
THAT'S MOST OBJECTIVE AND SATISFACTORY (BECAUSE IT'S BY A HISTORIAN OF
SCIENCE AND NOT BY A PARTISAN) IS RANDY ALLAN HARRIS, *THE LINGUISTICS
WARS*.

AND SOME OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEPSCHY'S HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS (4
VOLS. NOW AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH) ARE READABLE, MOST NOTABLY MATTHEWS
AGAIN, ON THE CLASSICAL GRAMMARIANS; BUT MOST OF THEM AREN'T (BUT
THEY'RE FILLED WITH DETAIL).

FAY WOUK
INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
CCU1@AUCKLAND.AC.NZ

LL Issue: 12.809
Date Posted: 23-Mar-2001
Original Query: Read original query