Towards a History of Linguistics in Poland

From the early beginnings to the end of the 20th century

E.F.K. Koerner † | University of Ottawa
Aleksander Szwedek | Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun
ISBN 9789027245915 (Eur) | EUR 135.00
ISBN 9781588111777 (USA) | USD 203.00
ISBN 9789027284556 | EUR 135.00 | USD 203.00
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Apart from the names of Jan Baudouin de Courtenay (1845–1929), Mikołaj Kruszewski (1851–1887), and, later, Jerzy Kuryłowicz (1895–1978), Polish linguists and Polish linguistics generally have been little known in the West. The first two were mentioned with approval by Saussure in an unpublished paper, and this reference was picked up by Roman Jakobson and others many years later. Kuryłowicz, for his part, made himself well known in the West through his important work as Indo-Europeanist, even Semiticist, and as a general linguist.

The present volume is a first attempt to broaden the perspectives on the Polish contribution to linguistics both inside and outside of Poland during the past centuries. Specialists in their respective fields contributed chapters on the origins and development of general linguistics (Z. Wąsik), applied linguistics (F. Grucza), lexicology (T. Piotrowski), dialectology (St. Gogolewski), and onomastics (S. Gala), followed by five chapters presenting the theories of the arguably most remarkable Polish linguistic thinkers, from Baudouin de Courtenay (A. Adamska-Sałaciak), Kruszewski (F. M. Berezin), and Kuryłowicz (W. Smoczyński) to Mikołaj Rudnicki (1881–1978) and Ludwik Zabrocki (1907–1977) (both written by J. Bańczerowski).

Detailed individual bibliographies, a full index of names (with life dates of Polish linguists from the Renaissance to the present day), and a thorough index of subjects and terms make this volume an important reference tool for anyone wishing to acquaint himself with the rich heritage of Polish linguistic thought.

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“I have not the slightest hesitation in recommending this volume to those in search of copious references to source material on the origins and development of the field of linguistics in Poland.”
“[...] it achieves its goal of better acquainting the reader with all major Polish linguists “from the early beginnings to the end of the twentieth century.””
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2020. Chapter 5. Baudouin de Courtenay’s relationship with Schleicher. In Last Papers in Linguistic Historiography [Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 128],  pp. 98 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Bibliography of writings by E. F. Konrad Koerner. Historiographia Linguistica 48:2-3  pp. 152 ff. DOI logo

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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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