Recent publications in the history and philosophy of linguistics – January 2020

James DOWTHWAITE. 2019. Ezra Pound and 20th-Century Theories of Language. Faith with the Word. New York: Routledge. Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature. 222 p. ISBN:  9780367262747.
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9780367262747Ezra Pound is one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, a writer whose poetry is particularly notable for the intensity of its linguistic qualities. Indeed, from the principles of Imagism to the polyphony of his Cantos, Pound is central to our conception of modernism’s relationship with language. This volume explores the development of Pound’s understanding of language in the context of twentieth-century linguistics and the philosophy of language. It draws on largely unpublished archival material in order to provide a broadly chronological account of the development of Pound’s views and their relation to both his own poetry and to modernist writing as a whole. Beginning with Pound’s contentious relationship with philology and his antagonism towards academia, the book traces continuities and shifts across Pound’s career, culminating in a discussion of the centrality of language to the conception of his Cantos. While it contains discussions around significant figures in twentieth-century linguistic thought, such as  Ferdinand de Saussure and Ludwig Wittgenstein, the book attempts to recover the work of theorists such as Leonard Bloomfield, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and C.K. Ogden, figures who were once central to modernism, but who have largely been pushed to the periphery of modernist studies. The picture of Pound that emerges is a figure whose understanding of language is not only bound up with modernist approaches to anthropology, politics, and philosophy, but which calls for a new understanding of modernism’s relationship to each.


Laura SANTONE (ed.). 2019.  Linguistique et littérature. SILTA XLVIII ( 2019-2) . Pisa: Pacini Editore. ISSN : 0390-6809
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Laura Santone, Introduzione
Henri Mitterand, La langue et l’œuvre. Relire Jakobson
N’ guettia Martin Kouadio Kobenan & Raïssa Barna, Poétique, stylistique et rhétorique : regards croisés
Pierre-Yves Testenoire, Les anagrammes de Saussure après un demi­-siècle
Éric Bordas, Les onomatopées et exclamations « d’importance secon­daire » de Ferdinand de Saussure. Linguistique et stylistique
Arnaud Bernadet, « Les trajets de la pensée»: Benveniste à l’épreuve de la littérature
Chloé Laplantine, « Single algonkin words are like tiny imagist poems ». Edward Sapir, une poétique du langage
Laura Santone, Ivan Fonagy, ou de la linguistique entre poésie et musique
Paola Paissa, La « douceur et l’amertume » du silence : pour une rhétori­que de l’indistinct dans le premier chapitre de La fortune des Rougon
Martin Rueff, Diderot, Rousseau et le sentiment du soi : une approche prépositionnelle
Chiara Elefante, Yves Bonnefoy et le haïku ou la « traduction au sens large »
Silvia Adler, Linguistique de la bande dessinée, à travers une  étude de cas
Karine Collette, Stylistique normative et littératie restrictive
Eleonora Giuliani, La mia classe: Linguistic and Didactic Analysis of a Movie

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