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Title: History of Linguistics 1996: Volume 2: From Classical to Contemporary Linguistics.
Edited By: David Cram
Elke Nowak
Series Title: Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 95

The papers in this volume present a colourful picture of the range of research currently being undertaken in the field of the history of linguistics, with contribution both from established scholars and from younger researchers. The volume is organised on a geographical basis, with sections devoted to a number of different traditions in linguistics world-wide.
The opening section is concerned with a number of general and methodological topics - ranging from the notion of 'revolution' in linguistic historiography to the history of the study of ape language
- with contributions from Konrad Koerner, Peter Schmitter, Pieter A.M.
Seuren, Talbot Taylor and Stuart Shanker. The second section is devoted to 'missionary linguistics', an umbrella category for the early contacts of Europeans with non-European languages. This section includes contributions from Cristina Altman, Manuel Breva-Claramonte,
Lindsey Crickmay, Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Sáenz, Julia Falk, Beatriz
Garza Cuarón, John Joseph, Michael Mackert, Cristina Monzón, Elke
Nowak and Richard Steadman-Jones. Subsequent sections address individual traditions in linguistics. III. The Celtic Tradition:
Daniel Davis, Eugene McKendry, Erich Poppe and Paul Russell. IV. The
Chinese Tradition: Stephen Matthews. V. The Georgian Tradition: Nino
D. Kemertelidze and Alexander Potskhishvili. VI. The Hebrew Tradition:
Yaakov Gruntfest, [the late] David Téné. VII. The Japanese Tradition:
Tadao Shimomiya. VIII. The Persian Tradition: Mehdi Meshkatod Dini,
Éva M. Jeremiás. IX. The Russian Tradition: Sylvie Archaimbault and
Patrick Sériot. X. The Tamil Tradition: Jean-Luc Chevillard.
This volume contains papers on linguistic historiography ranging chronologically from ancient Greece to the present, and covering philosophical, social and political aspects of language as well as the study of grammar in the narrow sense. The work opens with the report on a round-table discussion of problems in translating ancient grammatical texts, which was chaired by Pierre Swiggers and Alfons
Wouters, with John Joseph, Wilfried Kürschner, Jean Lallot and Dirk
Schenkeveld as speakers. The remainder of the volume is arranged in chronological sections, with contributions as follows. II. Classical and Medieval: Mark Atherton, Don Chapman, Louis Kelly, Danilo
Marcondes, Brian Merrilees and William Edwards, Eugen Munteanu,
W. Keith Percival. III. Seventeenth Century: Werner Hüllen, Michael
Isermann, Jaap Maat, William McMahon, Judith Olszowy-Schlanger,
Marijke van der Wal, Nick Wilding. IV. Eighteenth Century: Gerda
Haßler, Matthew Lauzon, Andrew Linn, Jan Noordegraaf, Robin
Smith. V. Nineteenth Century: Donata Chiricò, Matilde Gallardo, Mati
Hint, Kurt Jankowsky, Joan Leopold, Brigitte Nerlich, Herman
Seldeslachts and Pierre Swiggers, Frank Vonk. VI. Twentieth Century:
T. Craig Christy, Els Elffers, Béatrice Godart-Wendling, Jacqueline
Léon, Benigno Salgado, Frits Stuurman.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: John Benjamins
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ISBN: 1556192142
ISBN-13: 9781556192142
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