Uniformitarianism in Linguistics

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This study examines specific implications of the considerable overlap in methodology and theory of 19th-century geology and philology. Recognition of this overlap is indispensable to a complete understanding of philology’s development into the more empirical science of linguistics, especially as this empiricism culminates in the neogrammarian doctrine of exceptionless sound laws.

The study consists of three major parts: I Uniformitarianism in the Palaetiological Sciences [i.e., geology and other natural sciences studying life in earlier periods of the earth]; II The Rise of Uniformitarianism in Linguistics; and III The Uniformitarian Basis of Neogrammarian Linguistics.

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
vi
Introduction
ix
I. Uniformitarianism in the Palaetiological Sciences
1
1.1 Introduction
1
1.2 The Development of Uniformitarianism in Geology
3
1.3 Uniformitarianism and Biological Development
5
1.4 Uniformitarianism and the Problem of Human Origins
7
1.5 Uniformitarianism in Nineteenth-Century Ethnology
8
1.6 The Introduction of Uniformitarianism into Linguistics
11
1.7 Conclusion
25
Notes
27
II. The Rise of Uniformitarianism in Linguistics
31
2.1 Introduction
31
2.2 Uniformitarianism and Scientific Objectivity
32
2.3 The Paradigm Shift from Organism to Mechanism
32
2.4 Organicist and Progressionist Theories of Language
34
2.5 Uniformitarianism, Induction, and Causality
38
2.6 Inductive Procedure in Pre-Uniformitarian Linguistics
38
2.7 Linguistics: Physical or Moral Science?
43
2.8 Max Müller (1823-1900) and Uniformitarian Procedure
47
2.9 Lazarus Geiger (1829-1870)
50
2.10 Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903)
51
2.11 Archibald Henry Sayce (1846-1933)
52
2.12 Friedrich Techmer (1843-1891)
55
2.13 Conclusion
58
Notes
60
III. The Uniformitarian Basis of Neogrammarian Linguistics
63
3.1 Introduction
63
3.2 Uniformitarian Ideas in the Linguistic Theory of Heymann Steinthal (1823-1899)
64
3.3 Uniformitarianism in the Works of Wilhelm Scherer (1841-1886)
71
3.4 William Dwight Whitney's (1827-1894) Uniformitarian Linguistics
78
3.5 The Neogrammarian Approach to the Study of Speech Errors
89
3.6 Karl Brugmann's (1849-1919) Uniformitarian Explanation of the Origin of Noun Gender
95
3.7 Conclusion
97
Notes
102
Conclusion
109
References
113
Index of Names
125
Index of Subjects
129
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  89101342