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 2: Methodological perspectives and applications

Sheila Embleton | York University
John E. Joseph | University of Edinburgh
Hans-Josef Niederehe | University of Trier
ISBN 9789027221889 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781556197604 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027298423 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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Alongside considerable continuity, 20th-century diachronic linguistics has seen substantial shifts in outlook and procedure from the 19th-century paradigm. Our understanding of what is really new and what is recycled owes a great debt to E. F. K. Koerner's minutely researched interpretations of the work of the field's founders and key transitional figures. At the cusp of the 21st century, some of the best known scholars in the field explore how these methodological shifts have been and continue to be played out in historical Romance, Germanic and Indo-European linguistics, as well as in work outside these traditional areas. These 22 studies, honouring the founder of Diachronica and other publication ventures that have helped revitalize historical enquiry in recent decades, include examinations of Indo-European methodology and the reconstructions carried out by Bloomfield and Sapir; the search for relatives of Indo-European; comparative, structural and sociolinguistic analyses of the history of the Romance languages; regular vs. morpholexical approaches to OHG umlaut; and the synchrony and diachrony of gender affixes in Tsez.
[Not in series, EMLS 2] 1999.  lvi, 325 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“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

“Those desiring an international sampling of current studies on the history of linguistics for the nineteenth and 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.”

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CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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