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Books: Dynamic Linguistics: Wmffre

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Date: 21-Nov-2013
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Subject: Dynamic Linguistics: Wmffre
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Title: Dynamic Linguistics Subtitle: Labov, Martinet, Jakobson and Other Precursors of the Dynamic Approach to Language Description Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics - Band 28 Published: 2013 Publisher: Peter Lang AG

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Author: Iwan Wmffre Electronic: ISBN: 9783035305326 Pages: 589 Price: U.S. $ 105.95
Electronic: ISBN: 9783035305326 Pages: 589 Price: Europe EURO 81
Electronic: ISBN: 9783035305326 Pages: 589 Price: U.K. £ 65
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034317054 Pages: 589 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034317054 Pages: 589 Price: U.S. $ 105.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034317054 Pages: 589 Price: Europe EURO 81.00

Analysis of language as a combination of both a structural and a lexical component overlooks a third all-encompassing aspect: dynamics. Dynamic Linguistics approaches the description of the complex phenomenon that is human language by focusing on this important but often neglected aspect.

This book charts the belated recognition of the importance of dynamic synchrony in twentieth-century linguistics and discusses two other key concepts in some detail: speech community and language structure. Because of their vital role in the development of a dynamic approach to linguistics, the three linguists William Labov, André Martinet and Roman Jakobson are featured, in particular Martinet in whose later writings – neglected in the English-speaking world – the fullest appreciation of the dynamics of language to date are found. A sustained attempt is also made to chronicle precursors, between the nineteenth century and the 1970s, who provided inspiration for these three scholars in the development of a dynamic approach to linguistic description and analysis.

The dynamic approach to linguistics is intended to help consolidate functional structuralists, geolinguists, sociolinguists and all other empirically minded linguists within a broader theoretical framework as well as playing a part in reversing the overformalism of the simplistic structuralist framework which has dominated, and continues to dominate, present-day linguistic description.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics                             Linguistic Theories
Written In: English (eng)

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Cambridge University Press

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Akademie Verlag GmbH

Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)


Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Classiques Garnier

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Equinox Publishing Ltd

European Language Resources Association (ELRA)

Georgetown University Press

John Benjamins

Lincom GmbH

MIT Press

Multilingual Matters

Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG

Oxford University Press

Palgrave Macmillan

Peter Lang AG


Routledge (Taylor and Francis)


University of Toronto Press


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Seoul National University

SIL International Publications

Universitat Jaume I

University of Nebraska Press

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