The Emergence of the Modern Language Sciences

Studies on the transition from historical-comparative to structural linguistics in honour of E.F.K. Koerner

Volume 1: Historiographical perspectives

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| University of Edinburgh
| University of Trier
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ISBN 9781556197598 (USA) | USD 188.00
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Although it is widely thought that structural linguistics began abruptly with the publication of Saussure's 'revolutionary' Course in General Linguistics, the work of E. F. K. Koerner has demonstrated that Saussure, for all his originality, remained true to the basic tenets of his 19th-century predecessors. In this volume, the development of modern linguistics before, during and after Saussure is traced in 20 studies honouring the scholar who has done more than anyone else to professionalize linguistic historiography during the last quarter century. Among the wide range of topics covered are: grammar and philosophy in the age of comparativism, the relation of Saussure's anagram studies to his theory of the linguistic sign, nationalist overtones in German linguistics from 1914 to 1945, and the true story (with newly discovered documentation) of why Chomsky's Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory didn't get published during the 1950s or 60s. In addition to an introductory overview of Koerner's career and a complete listing of his publications, the volume includes previously unpublished materials from Saussure's notebooks.
[Not in series, EMLS 1]  1999.  lvi, 310 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Problems of structuralist beginnings (and endings)
Sheila Embleton, John E. Joseph and Hans-Josef Niederehe
I. Before Saussure
1. Grammar and Philosophy in the Age of Comparativism
Lia Formigari
2. In the Shadow of the Language Garden
Jan Noordegraaf
3. Lafaye’s Dictionnaire des synonymes in the History of Semantics
Gerda Haßler
4. Samual Kleinschmidt as Syntactician
D. Gary Miller
5. Dufriche-Desgenettes and the Birth of the Phoneme
John E. Joseph
6. Sound Physiology in the Making: On the role of Henry Sweet (1845–1912) and Eduard Sievers (1850–1932) in the development of linguistic science
Kurt R. Jankowsky
7. First Language Acquisition and the Ontogenetic Development of Self-Consciousness in the Work of Ivan Georgov
Maxim I. Stamenov
II. Saussure
8. ‘The People’ and their Language in 19th-Century French Linguistic Though
Douglas A. Kibbee
9. A Glance at the History of Linguistics: Saussure and historical-comparativism
George Wolf
10. Ferdinand de Saussure: The anagrams and the Cours
W. Terrence Gordon and Henry G. Schogt
11. Identity, Similarity, and Continuity: Saussure’s and Wittgenstein’s searh for linguistic units
Brigitte Nerlich
12. Notes on Saussure’s Old Irish Copybook
Anders Ahlqvist
13. Ferdinand de Saussure en Bulgarie
Jivco Boyadjiev
III. After Saussure
14. La concepción del cambio fonético de Ramón Menéndez Pidal
Emilio Ridruejo
15. “Das Glockenspiel des Ablauts” National tones in German linguistic publications between 1914 and 1945
Werner Hüllen
16. Linguistic Theory in Historical Perspective: A study of J.R. Firth’s The Tongues of Men
Joseph L. Subbiondo
17. Between Structure and History: The search for the specificity and the originality of Brazilian linguistic production
Cristina Altman
18. How The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory Didn’t Get Published During the 1950s and 60s
Stephen O. Murray
19. How the Anti-Mentalistic Skeletons in Chomsky’s Closet Make Psychological Fictions of his Grammars
Danny D. Steinberg
20. The Origins of Modern Japanese Psycholinguistics within the Japanese Psychological Tradition
Joseph F. Kess and Tadao Miyamoto
Koerner Tabula Gratulatoria
Name Index
Subject Index
Contents of Volume Two
“Those desiring an international sampling of current studies on the history of linguistics for the nineteenthand twentieth centuries should consult these well-edited volumes.”
“There is so much more of interest in these volumes, all worthy of careful reading and consideration.”
“These two volumes honor a scholar, editor and organizer whose work during the past 30 years has a unique impact on the field of linguistics in general and on the development and establishment of the history of the language sciences as a field of study in its own rights.

[...] some authors have achieved a 'Koernerian fusion' by incorporating the history of their fields in their respective arguments in historical linguistics, thereby demonstrating the value, importance and relevance of the history of the language sciences to contemporary issues in linguistics

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