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Henry Sweet Colloquium 2022 (HSS 2022)

Leuven, 20-22 September 2022

John Benjamins will be present at the Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society, which will celebrate the life and achievements of E.F.K. Koerner (1939-2022), founder and long-time editor of the journal Historiographia Linguistica and the series Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, among other things.

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SLCS 212
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Chapters of Dependency Grammar

A historical survey from Antiquity to Tesnière

Edited by András Imrényi and Nicolas Mazziotta

Was Tesnière the founding father of dependency grammar or merely a culmination point in its long history? Leaving no doubt that the latter position is correct, Chapters of Dependency Grammar tells the story of how dependency-oriented grammatical description developed from Antiquity up to the early 20th century. From... full description
February 2020. v, 281 pp.
GS 8
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Deafness, Gesture and Sign Language in the 18th Century French Philosophy

Josef Fulka

The book represents a historical overview of the way the topic of gesture and sign language has been treated in the 18th century French philosophy. The texts treated are grouped into several categories based on the view they present of deafness and gesture. While some of those texts obviously view deafness and sign... full description
April 2020. vii, 166 pp.
SiHoLS 104
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Essays in the History of Linguistics

E.F.K. Koerner †

The present volume follows the author's tradition of bringing together at certain intervals selections of articles which more often than not had previously been published in not easily accessible places, or which had not been published before. These papers do not typically represent mere reprints but in most instances... full description
May 2004. x, 271 pp.
SiHoLS 105
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A History of Language Philosophies

Lia Formigari

Theory and history combine in this book to form a coherent narrative of the debates on language and languages in the Western world, from ancient classic philosophy to the present, with a final glance at on-going discussions on language as a cognitive tool, on its bodily roots and philogenetic role.An introductory... full description
October 2004. x, 252 pp.
SiHoLS 126
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History of Linguistics 2014

Selected papers from the 13th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII), Vila Real, Portugal, 25–29 August 2014

Edited by Carlos Assunção, Gonçalo Fernandes and Rolf Kemmler

This volume brings together a selection of 20 out of altogether 170 papers presented at the 13th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII), held at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro in Vila Real, Portugal, 25–29 August 2014. It is divided chronologically into four... full description
August 2016. xii, 277 pp.
SiHoLS 127
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History of Linguistics 2017

Selected papers from the 14th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, (ICHoLS 14), Paris, 28 August – 1 September

Edited by Émilie Aussant and Jean-Michel Fortis

The present book is a selection of papers from the 14th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (Paris 2017). The volume is divided thematically into three parts: I. Notions and categories, II. Representations and receptions, III. Learning, codification and the linguistic practices of social... full description
May 2020. xviii, 245 pp.
BTL 142
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A History of Modern Translation Knowledge

Sources, concepts, effects

Edited by Lieven D’hulst and Yves Gambier

A History of Modern Translation Knowledge is the first attempt to map the coming into being of modern thinking about translation. It breaks with the well-established tradition of viewing history through the reductive lens of schools, theories, turns or interdisciplinary exchanges. It also challenges the artificial... full description
June 2018. ix, 475 pp.
SiHoLS 129
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A History of the Study of the Indigenous Languages of North America

Marcin Kilarski

The languages indigenous to North America are characterized by a remarkable genetic and typological diversity. Based on the premise that linguistic examples play a key role in the origin and transmission of ideas within linguistics and across disciplines, this book examines the history of approaches to these languages... full description
December 2021. xiv, 443 pp.
CVS 12
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How to Do Philosophy with Words

Reflections on the Searle-Derrida debate

Jesús Navarro

Nowadays philosophy is characterized by such heterogeneous intellectual practices that its very unity and coherence seem endangered. What is especially disconcerting is that most authors manage to largely ignore the very existence of methodological positions radically different from their own. Fortunately, there have... full description
January 2017. xviii, 225 pp.
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Language Planning as Nation Building

Ideology, policy and implementation in the Netherlands, 1750–1850

Gijsbert Rutten

The decades around 1800 constitute the seminal period of European nationalism. The linguistic corollary of this was the rise of standard language ideology, from Finland to Spain, and from Iceland to the Habsburg Empire. Amidst these international events, the case of Dutch in the Netherlands offers a unique example.... full description
February 2019. x, 312 pp.
SiHoLS 128
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Last Papers in Linguistic Historiography

E.F.K. Koerner †

This volume brings together — in 8 chapters — what has occupied the author during his many years as editor of Historiographia Linguistica. Namely, how the history of linguistics has developed into a major field of scholarly research, and that the discussion of questions of method and epistemology needs to be continued... full description
August 2020. x, 214 pp.
SiHoLS 92
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Linguistic Historiography

Projects & prospects

E.F.K. Koerner †

The present volume brings together the author's most recent thinking on the tasks and methods of linguistic historiography and his critical assessment of the legacy of a number of major 20th-century scholars. Some of the chapters are revisions of previously published articles, which together with new materials have... full description
September 1999. x, 236 pp.
SiHoLS 130
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Missionary Linguistics VI

Missionary Linguistics in Asia

Edited by Otto Zwartjes and Paolo De Troia

This is the sixth volume to be dedicated to the pioneering linguistic work produced by missionaries in Asia. This volume presents research into the documentation, study and description of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Tamil. It provides a selection of papers which primarily concentrate on the Society of Jesus and... full description
November 2021. xii, 296 pp.
BTL 122
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New Insights in the History of Interpreting

Edited by Kayoko Takeda and Jesús Baigorri-Jalón

Who mediated intercultural exchanges in 9th-century East Asia or in early voyages to the Americas? Did the Soviets or the Americans invent simultaneous interpreting equipment? How did the US government train its first Chinese interpreters? Why is it that Taiwanese interpreters were executed for Japanese war crimes?... full description
March 2016. xvi, 278 pp.
SLCS 209
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Normativity in Language and Linguistics

Edited by Aleksi Mäkilähde, Ville Leppänen and Esa Itkonen

This volume sets out to discuss the role of norms and normativity in both language and linguistics from a multiplicity of perspectives. These concepts are centrally important to the philosophy and methodology of linguistics, and their role and nature need to be investigated in detail. The chapters address a range of... full description
December 2019. vii, 272 pp.
SiHoLS 120
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On Language Diversity and Relationship from Bibliander to Adelung

George J. Metcalf

From the Renaissance onwards, European scholars began to collect and study the various languages of the Old and the New Worlds. The recognition of language diversity encouraged them to explain how differences between languages emerged, why languages kept changing, and in what language families they could be classified.full description
September 2013. viii, 181 pp.
SiHoLS 50
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Practicing Linguistic Historiography

E.F.K. Koerner †

This collection contains 24 articles on the history of linguistics written between 1978 and 1988, divided into three parts: 1. Methods and Models in Linguistic Historiography 2. Tradition and Transmission of Linguistic Notions 3. Schools and Scholars in the History of Linguistics Three articles are written in German,... full description
January 1989. xiv, 455 pp.
SiHoLS 79
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Professing Linguistic Historiography

E.F.K. Koerner †

The volume brings together recent papers by the author, selected to form a broad picture of his teachings, all of them revised and updated, either addressing particular topics in the Histor(iograph)y of Linguistics (Part I) or offering historical accounts of linguistic subfields (Part II), in altogether 10 chapters:... full description
November 1995. viii, 274 pp.
SiHoLS 19
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Toward a Historiography of Linguistics

Selected Essays

E.F.K. Koerner †

The papers brought together in the present volume represent the essence of the author’s reflections on issues concerning linguistic historiography and of particular investigations in 19th and 20th century linguistic thought. The papers are clustered in three sections: I. Towards a Historiography of Linguistics, II.... full description
January 1978. xx, 222 pp.
SLCS 194
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Word Hunters

Field linguists on fieldwork

Edited by Hannah Sarvasy and Diana Forker

In Word Hunters, eleven distinguished linguists reflect on their career-spanning linguistic fieldwork. Over decades, each has repeatedly stood up to physical, intellectual, interpersonal, intercultural, and sometimes political challenges in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. These scholar-explorers have enlightened... full description
February 2018. vi, 177 pp.
SiHoLS 1
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The Importance of Techmer's 'Internationale Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft' in the Development of General Linguistics

E.F.K. Koerner †

Techmer’s Internationale Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (1884–1890) served, at a time of neogrammarian domination in the linguistic scene of the late 19th century, as an international forum for the discussion of general linguistics topics, the Humboldtian philosophy of language, and the promotion of... full description
January 1973. vii, 76 pp., small-4to.