Chapter published in:History of Linguistics 2017: Selected papers from the 14th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, (ICHoLS 14), Paris, 28 August – 1 September
Edited by Émilie Aussant and Jean-Michel Fortis
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 127] 2020
► pp. 49–64
Wegener’s Wortsatz and the notion of sentence
This contribution aims to introduce Wegener’s defense of the notion of Wortsatz (word sentence) as a construction having a sentence status within the debate about the notion and the definition of sentence and its structure that developed in Germany during the second half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the 20th century. This period was marked by different approaches towards this issue. In his work, Wegener foreshadowed some of the topics which would be central in the later pragmatic theory of communication, but on the other side he still related to the psychologistic view of the sentence structure.
Keywords: Wortsatz (word sentence), sentence nature, sentence function, sentence structure
Published online: 20 May 2020