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

| York University
| University of Edinburgh
| University of Trier
ISBN 9789027221889 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781556197604 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027298423 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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
Table of Contents
Introduction: Problems of structuralist beginnings (and endings)
Sheila Embleton, John E. Joseph and Hans-Josef Niederehe
IV. Methodological Perspectives
21. Indo-European Methodology, Bloomfield’s Central Algonquian, and Sapir’s Distant Genetic Relationships
Regna Darnell
22. The Need for Phonetically Accurate Notation in the General Progress of Linguitics
Saul Levin
23. The Autonomy of Linguistics: Saussure to Chomsky and beyond
Ranko Bugarski
24. On the Notion of Zero
E. Wyn Roberts
25. ‘God’s Truth’ and Sturcturalism: A new look at an old controversy
Gary D. Prideaux
26. From Ordered Rules to Ranked Constraints
John T. Jensen
V. Indo-European Linguistics
27. Next of Kin: The search for relatives of Indo-European
Allan R. Bomhard
28. Typolgy and Reconstruction: New trends in comparative historical and diachronic linguistics
Thomas V. Gamkrelidze
29. Typology and Diachrony of the Middle Voice
Helena Kurzová
30. Indo-European Numerals Since Szemerényi
Carol F. Justus
31. Berthold Delbrück and his Contemporaries on ‘Tempora’ in Sanskrit
Vit Bubenik
32. Observations on Two Recently Discovered Latin Inscriptions
Philip Baldi
33. Comparative, Structural and Sociolinguistic Analyses of the History of the Romance Languages
Roger Wright
34. Romance Historical Morphology and Empty Affixes
Martin Maiden
35. Markedness and Morphosyntactic Change Revisited: The case of Romance past participle agreement
John Charles Smith
36. Romanian and the Balkans: Some comparative perspectives
Brian D. Joseph
VII. Germanic, Caucasian and Asian Linguistics
37. Toward “a Complete Analysis of the Residues” On regular vs. morpholexical approaches to OHG umlaut
David J. Holsinger and Joseph C. Salmons
38. Narrative Cohesion in the Kensington Runic Text
Robert A. Hall, Jr.
39. The Compound Gerund in Early Modern English
Matsuji Tajima
40. Gender Affixes in Tsez: Synchrony and diachrony
Bernard Comrie
41. Once Again on the Reading of the Old Korean
Alexander Vovin
42. The Rôle of Historiography in Evaluating the Results of Comparative Linguistic Work: A case study
Paul J. Sidwell
Koerner Tabula Gratulatoria
Name Index
Subject Index
Contents of Volume One
“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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