Towards a History of Linguistics in Poland

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

| University of Ottawa
| Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun
ISBN 9789027245915 (Eur) | EUR 135.00
ISBN 9781588111777 (USA) | 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 The first two were mentioned with approval by Saussure in an unpublished paper, and this reference was picked up by Roman Jakobson and others many years later.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.

[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 102]  2001.  xxii, 335 pp.
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Table of Contents
Foreword & Acknowledgements
Editors’ Introduction
Part I: Polish Linguistics: Origins and Trends
Chapter 1 General Linguistics in the History of the Languages Sciences in Poland: Late 1860s — late 1960s
Zdzisław Wąsik
Chapter 2 Origins and Developments of Applied Linguistics in Poland
Franciszek Grucza
Chapter 3 Lexicography in Poland: From the early beginnings to the present
Tadeusz Piotrowski
Chapter 4 Dialectology in Poland, 1873–1997
Stanisław Gogolewski
Chapter 5 Onomastics in Poland: From 19th-century beginnings to the present
Sławomir Gala
Part II: Portraits of Major Polish Linguists
Chapter 6 Jan Baudouin de Courtenay’s Contribution to General Linguistics
Arleta Adamska-Sałaciak
Chapter 7 Mikołaj Kruszewksi and 20th-Century Linguistics
Fedor Mixajlovič Berezin
Chapter 8 Mikołaj Rudnicki’s General Linguistic Conceptions
Jerzy Bańczerowski
Chapter 9 Jerzy Kuryłowicz as Indo-Europeanist and Theorist of Languages
Wojciech Smoczyński
Chapter 10 Aspects of Ludwik Zabrocki’s Linguistic World
Jerzy Bańczerowski
Polish Summaries (Streszczenia polskie)
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects
“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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