The journal WORD and the structural heritage of usage-based linguistics: Three functional tenets and an overarching principle

Enrico Torre
Università degli Studi di Genova

The first issue of WORD was launched in 1945, announced on its front cover as “the journal of the Linguistic Circle of New York, devoted to the study of linguistic science in all its aspects.” At the time, the only other general linguistics journal published in the United States was Language, the organ of the Linguistic Society of America, which – at least according to the received view – was firmly in the hands of mechanist post-Bloomfieldians. Indeed, under Bernard Bloch’s (1907–1965) editorship, most contributions accepted in Language were either papers on historical linguistics or strictly formal descriptions of linguistic phenomena. As scholars of the mechanist orientation were increasingly perceived as becoming elitist and the field seemed to be narrowing, a sense of discontent began to spread among fellow linguists who did not recognize themselves in that approach (Householder 1978). Read more ›

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Program September–December 2019

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18 September The journal Word and the structural heritage of usage-based linguistics: Three functional tenets and an overarching principle.
Enrico Torre
University of Genoa
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of linguistics, September 2019

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Call for Papers: Between form and meaning: the structural quest for “Gesamtbedeutungen”, Open Workshop ICHoLS XV, 24-28 Aug. 2020, Milan

Lorenzo Cigana (University of Copenhagen)
Henrik Jørgensen (University of Aarhus)

In 1936, Roman Jakobson qualified the “quest for general meanings” as a specific trend in structural linguistics aiming to motivate each morphological category (such as gender, number or case) by associating it to an abstract content or to a possibly closed inventory of semantic traits. According to him, such trend was of paramount importance in the establishment of a general grammar, and characterized it as follows: Read more ›

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Cfp : First International Conference on Linguistic Terminology, Glossing and Phonemicization (Yamagata University, Japan, Feb. 22–23, 2020)

Hosted by the Japanese Linguistics Internationalization Committee
Held at Yamagata University, Yonezawa Campus, Japan, Feb. 22–23, 2020

Call for Papers

As linguistic research expands to cover an ever increasing number of languages and subfields, various collaborations have been carried out to standardize terminology and glossing practices. This has led to a wealth of useful resources such as Glottopedia or the Leipzig Glossing Rules, with various other projects currently underway. The Japanese Linguistics Internationalization Committee (JLINC), established in April 2019, aims to compile a list of English, German, French, Chinese and Korean translations for Japanese linguistics terminology as well as a set of interlinear glossing rules and phonemicizations for Japonic (Japanese-Ryūkyūan) languages and dialects.

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Cfp : Open workshops, ICHoLS 15, Milan, August 24-28, 2020

From ICHoLS XV website :

Proposals for the following open workshops must be sent to the address of the workshop organiser. They must be submitted no later than December 1 2019.
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Horizons of projection – The Future of Linguistic Knowledge: A Historical Perspective, open workshop at ICHoLS XV, 24–28 August 2020, Milan

Convenors:
Jean-Marie Fournier, Christian Puech, Valérie Raby (Université Sorbonne nouvelle – Paris 3 / Histoire des théories linguistiques)

The Fifteenth International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, ICHoLS XV, will be held from 24–28 August 2020 in Milan. An open workshop on ‘Horizons of projection’ will be included in the programme. For this workshop, we invite abstracts for 20-minute papers (400 words max.) before 1 December 2019.

The workshop aims at exploring the “horizons of projection” of linguistics and the forms they may take depending on the historical and cultural context. A “Horizon of projection” can be defined as the anticipation of the evolution of a field of knowledge, a discipline, a theory or a school of thought. In other words the workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on the history of the ways that, as Michelet put it, “each era dreams the next”.
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of linguistics, August 2019

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CfP: Language as a Specimen, open workshop at ICHoLS XV

24–28 August 2020, Milan

Conveners:
Floris Solleveld (KU Leuven)
Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez (University of Amsterdam)
Anna Pytlowany (independent)

The Fifteenth International Conference On The History of The Language Sciences, ICHoLS XV, will be held from 24–28 August 2020 in Milan. Our open workshop on ‘Language as a Specimen’ will be part of the programme. For this workshop, we invite abstracts for 20-minute papers (400 words max.) before 1 December 2019. Read more ›

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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of linguistics, June-July 2019

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