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

Sheila Embleton | York University
John E. Joseph | University of Edinburgh
Hans-Josef Niederehe | University of Trier
ISBN 9789027221872 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781556197598 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027298430 | EUR 125.00 | 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an introductory overview of Koerner's career and a complete listing of his publications, the volume includes previously unpublished materials from Saussure's notebooks.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
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“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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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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