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Journal Title: Historiographica Linguistica
Volume/Issue:   40/1-2
Date: 2013
Table of Contents: 2013. iv, 301 pp.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword 1 – 2

“Preferring Omission over Falsity”: The politics of compilation in the Kangxi Classic of Characters
Nathan Vedal 3 – 37

Les premières grammaires françaises à l’usage des Persans: Jules Richard (1882) et Joseph Richard (1894)
Mohamed-Fadhel Bechraoui 39 – 95

Fray Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta’s Work on California’s Native Languages
Catherine Fountain 97 – 119

Die Pallas-Redaktion der Petersburger Vocabularia comparativa und ihre Bedeutung für die Entwicklung der slavischen Sprachwissenschaft
Helmut Keipert 121 – 149

The Concept of ‘Basis of Articulation’ in Russia in the First Half of the 20th Century
Galina E. Kedrova and Constantine Leo Borissoff 151 – 197

Vygotsky, Cognitive Development and Language: New perspectives on the nature of grammaticalization
T. Craig Christy 199 – 227

Saussure — ou la mer à boire
Compte rendu par Peter Wunderli 229 – 247

Ancient Scholarship and Grammar: Archetypes, Concepts and Contexts. Herausgegeben von Stephanos Matthaios, Franco Montanari und Antonios Rengakos
Reviewed by Philipp Brandenburg 249 – 255

Caesar’s De analogia By Alessandro Garcea
Reviewed by Anneli Luhtala 256 – 262

Quintilians Grammatik (Inst. orat. 1,4–8) By Wolfram Ax
Reviewed by Piet Gerbrandy 263 – 267

In the Shadow of Arabic: The centrality of language to Arabic culture Edited by Bilal Orfali
Reviewed by Jonathan Owens 268 – 272

Historia sociolingüística de México Por Rebeca Barriga Villanueva y Pedro Martín Butragueño
Reviewed by Carlos Hernández Sacristán 273 – 277

Anthonia Feitsma, Tussen Hemsterhuis en Grimm: Joast Hiddes Halbertsma als taalkundige By Els van der Geest, Frits van der Kuip & Jan Noordegraaf
Reviewed by Gijsbert Rutten 278 – 282

Ferdinand de Saussure. Science du langage: De la double essence du langage et autres documents du ms. BGE Arch. de Saussure 372 Ed. par René Amacker
Compte rendu par Maria Pia Marchese 283 – 286

Le projet de Ferdinand de Saussure Édité par Jean-Paul Bronckart, Ecaterina Bulea et Cristian Bota
Compte rendu par Pierre-Yves Testenoire 287 – 293

Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics By Margaret Thomas
Reviewed by Mark E. Amsler 294 – 297

Linguistic Bibliography for the Year 2011 and Supplement for Previous Years Edited by René Genis, Hella Olbertz, Simon Tol & Eline van der Veken
Reviewed by E.F.K. Koerner 298 – 301
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1435