The Philosophical Foundations of Humboldt's Linguistic Doctrines

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Wilhelm von Humboldt’s writings on language are a mixture of philosophical theorizing about mind and language on the one hand, and on the other hand, specialized studies of the most detailed sort of both the classical languages and languages which only in Humboldt’s day were becoming known to European scholars, such as Sanskrit, Chinese, and native north and south American languages. This book endeavors to show that Humboldt’s work on language is a coherent system of thought; to recapture and expose the systematic structure of assumption, hypothesis, argument and conclusion; and to assign many of the specific themes in his writing to a place within this structure.
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Table of Contents
Preface
VII
Key to Abbreviations
IX
Introduction
1
0.1 Introduction
1
0.2 A brief review of the secondary literature
4
0.3 The structure of Humboldt's philosophy of language
10
Part One: The Philosophical Foundations
Chapter One: Humboldt's Philosophical Background
17
Chapter Two: The Psychological Function of Language
29
2.1 Introduction
29
2.2 The term ‘articulation’
31
2.3 Signification and conceptualization
34
2.4 Earlier versions of the articulation argument
41
Chapter Three: Humboldt's Theory of Designation
51
3.1 Introduction
51
3.2 Lexical designation
53
3.3 Grammatical designation
60
Chapter Four: General Aspects of Language Variation
67
4.1 Introduction
67
4.2 Different kinds of language variation
68
4.3 Humboldt's treatment of universal grammar
70
4.4 The terminology of language variation
79
Chapter Five: Linguistic Variation and Perceptual Variation
91
5.1 Introduction
91
5.2 Perceptual variation
91
Chapter Six: National Character and Language
103
6.1 Introduction
103
6.2 Humboldt's early discussion of character
105
6.3 Discussion of character in Humboldt's later writings
108
Part Two: The Linguistic Doctrines
Chapter Seven: The Inflectional Superiority Thesis
125
7.1 Introduction
125
7.2 Language typology
127
7.3 The meaning of ‘inflection’ for Humboldt
128
7.4 The argument for the inflectional superiority thesis
133
Chapter Eight: The Linguistic Relativity Thesis
143
8.1 Introduction
143
8.2 The historical context
145
8.3 Humboldt's philosophical grounding of the linguistic relativity thesis
149
8.4 The conjunction of linguistic relativity with linguistic variation
155
Conclusion
159
Notes
165
References
201
Index Nominum
209
Index Rerum
215
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