T. Craig Christy

List of John Benjamins publications for which T. Craig Christy plays a role.


Subjects History of linguistics


The relationship between gesture and language has typically been theorized in terms of gesture preceding language along a continuum of evolving symbolization. Recent research in cognitive science and allied fields suggests that, from the beginning, gesture has figured constitutively, along with… read more
Lev Vygotsky’s (1896–1934) views of the genesis of language and its relation to thought, illustrated here by his account of the origin of the pointing gesture, can be seen as anticipating current research in socially constituted cognition, pragmatics, developmental psychology and… read more
The image of floating, fluctua­tion, waves, and displacement recurs with surpris­ing con­sistency in key descrip­tions of the linguistic sign. Its promi­nence in the theoretical pronouncements of linguists (Michel Bréal, Ferdi­nand de Saussure, Antoine Meillet, Ken­neth Pike) and sociologists… read more
Christy, T. Craig 2010 The evolution of meaning and grammar: Chomskyan theory and the evidence from grammaticalizationChomskyan (R)evolutions, Kibbee, Douglas A. (ed.), pp. 353–376 | Article
Central to Chomskyan language theory, often seen as a Kuhnian revolution, is the claim that universal grammar (UG) is innate and that it comprises the principles and parameters which constitute and constrain possible human language grammars. In this model, grammar is essentially a programmed fait… read more
Chinese character writing, based only partially on phonetic considerations, presents a challenge to the seemingly straightforward relationship between the written record and etymology, where graphemic recordings of phonetic forms (words) in a number of languages are compared to determine whether… read more
Christy, T. Craig 1999 Saussure's 'anagrams': Blunder or paralanguage?History of Linguistics 1996: Volume 2: From Classical to Contemporary Linguistics, Cram, David, Andrew R. Linn and Elke Nowak (eds.), pp. 299 ff. | Chapter
Christy, T. Craig 1992 Geology and the Science of Language: Metaphors and ModelsLanguage and Earth: Elective affinities between the emerging sciences of linguistics and geology, Naumann, Bernd, Frans Plank and Gottfried Hofbauer (eds.), pp. 79–89 | Article
Christy, T. Craig 1992 Salomon Strieker's Motor Theory of LanguageDiversions of Galway: Papers on the history of linguistics from ICHoLS V, Ahlqvist, Anders (ed.), pp. 227 ff. | Article