Dictionary of the Prague School of Linguistics
Translated from the French, German and Czech sources
This is the first English version of a text out of print for more than 40 years, summarising the positions and key concepts of an influential stream of linguistic thought. Using quotations as entries, J. Vachek (1909-1997), a leading advocate of the Prague School, employed more than 160 sources, papers and monographs, by well over 30 representatives of the school (Mathesius, Trnka, Skalička, Daneš, Dokulil, Mukařovský, Jakobson, Trubetzkoy, Isachenko, and others). The dictionary both captures the pioneering efforts and achievements of the school from its foundation in 1926, and provides a framework for assessing the current state of affairs, attesting to its originality and serving as a preventive to treading paths already explored. The headword concepts are provided with French, German and Czech equivalents and Vachek's original preface is supplemented by a foreword which traces the development of the school up to the present date and puts it into perspective.
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, 50] 2003. ix, 213 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Introduction: Prague School of Linguistics in its classical time and todayFrantišek Čermák and Eva Hajičová | pp. 1–20
Editor’s and Translators’ Foreword | pp. 25–29
Josef Vachek’s Preface to the Original Edition | pp. 31–36
List of the excerpted sources and the abbreviations used | pp. 37–45
Dictionary | pp. 47–166
Index | pp. 167–213
“Vachek's dictionary is most certainly an excellent synthesis of the essential views of the Prague School of Linguistics, and we can only applaud the fact that it has been made available in English. [...] The editors and translators have delivered a good translation, providing access to important source texts. This volume will be of great interest to historiographers of linguistics, as well as to practicing functional linguists, who will find in this book many notions and concepts that are still of vital importance in linguistic theory.”
Stijn Verleyen, University of Leuven, Belgium, on Linguist List Vol. 15-654, February 2004
“It is gratifying that Vachek's Dictonary is reissued after several decades by a renowned publisher with international prestige. It is a stimulus for Czech linguistics to keep up rediscovering its own roots, not only structuralist, but also pre-structuralist.”
Pavel Novák, Prague, in Linguistica Pragensia XIV/2 (2004)
“[...] this Dictionary fills a gap that has long been felt and is indispensable to students of functional linguistics in general, students of the Prague School in particular.”
Jun Qian, in The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, Vol. 81 (2004)
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