Martin Joos’s Readings in Linguistics
A publication history
The book Readings in Linguistics edited by Martin Joos is one of the best known collections of papers ever published in the field of linguistics. In this article I trace its publication history, from Bernard Bloch’s idea in 1946 for an anthology of important work in descriptive linguists, to the several editions of Joos’s reader between 1957 and 1995, to the present day, where citations to the book are still quite frequent. Making extensive use of unpublished material in various archives in the United States, I outline in detail the exchanges between Joos and other linguists around its publication, as well as the critical reviews that were published of the book. I attempt to explain why a collection of papers, the majority of which were published in the 1940s, is still of great interest. I offer two reasons. The first derives from the material in Joos’s prefaces to the various editions and from Joos’s editorial comments on the included articles. Practitioners of every current approach to linguistics have cited some of this material either as an opening wedge against opposing approaches or to express smug satisfaction that we know more about how science works now than we did more than a half-century ago. The second is that it provides a fascinating historical record of how linguistics used to be done — not so long ago that the approach documented is a mere historiographical curiosity, but also not so recently as to be no more than a quaint version of current theory
Published online: 17 March 2020
Aronoff, Mark, and Carol Padden
Benítez-Burraco, Antonio & Victor Longa
Bybee, Joan L.
Carlson, Gregory, Brian Joseph, and Sarah G. Thomason
2012 “Introduction: The best of Language ”. https://www.linguisticsociety.org/resource/introduction-best-language
1962b “A Transformational Approach to Syntax”. Proceedings of the Third Texas Conference on Problems of Linguistic Analysis in English ed. by A. Hill, 124–58. Austin: University of Texas Press. (Repr. in The Structure of Language: Readings in the Philosophy of Language ed. by J. A. Fodor & J. J. Katz, 211–243. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall 1964.)
Chomsky, Noam & Morris Halle
Cinque, Guglielmo & Luigi Rizzi
Cole, Peter & Gabi Hermon
2001 “Theories of Universal Grammar in the Late 20th Century”. History of the Language Sciences: An International Handbook on the Evolution of the Study of Language from the Beginnings to the Present, Vol. 2 ed. by S. Auroux, E. F. K. Koerner, H.-J. Niederehe & K. Versteegh, 1461–1467. Berlin: De Gruyter.
Cook, Vivian J.
Falk, Julia S.
Ferguson, Charles A.
Gass, Susan & Josh Ard
Gleason, Henry A.
Hall, Robert A.
Hamp, Eric, Fred W. Householder & Robert Austerlitz
Hill, Archibald A.
Hockett, Charles F.
Hymes, Dell & John Fought
Joos, Martin & F. R. Whitesell
Koerner, Ernst F. K.
Ladd, D. Robert
In press. “Mid-Century American Phonology: The Post-Bloomfieldians”. Oxford Handbook of the History of Phonology ed. by B. E. Dresher & H. Van Der Hulst Oxford Oxford University Press
Matthews, Peter H.
McCawley, James D.
McQuown, Norman A.
Mencken, Henry L.
Moore, Terence & Christine Carling
Moulton, William G.
Murray, Stephen O.
In preparation. “Crisis in the LSA: The Contested Presidential Election of 1970”.
Parker, William R.
Pullum, Geoffrey K.
Read, Allen W.
Reibel, David & Sanford Schane
Ritchie, William C. & Tej K. Bhatia
Samarin, William J.
Trager, George L.
Trager, George L. & Henry Lee Smith
Van Valin, Robert D.
Voegelin, Charles F.
Voegelin, Charles F. & Florence M. Voegelin
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Newmeyer, Frederick J.
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