Podcast episode 9: The Neogrammarians

In this episode, we introduce the Neogrammarians, the dominant school of linguistics in the closing decades of the nineteenth century.

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References for Episode 9

Primary Sources

Brugman, Karl (1876a), ‘Nasalis sonans in der indogermanischen Grundsprache’, Studien zur griechischen und lateinischen Grammatik 9: 285–338. archive.org

Brugman, Karl (1876b), ‘Zur Geschichte der Stammabstufenden Declinationen. Erste Abhandlung: die Nomina auf -ar- und -tar-‘, Studien zur griechischen und lateinischen Grammatik 9: 361–406. archive.org

Brugman, Karl (1897), ‘Zum Gedächtniss W. D. Whitney’s’, The Whitney Memorial Meeting, Boston: Ginn and co, pp. 74–81. archive.org

Curtius, Georg (1876), ‘Nachwort’, Studien zur griechischen und lateinischen Grammatik 9: 468. archive.org

Leskien, August (1876), Die Declination im Slavisch-Lithauischen und Germanischen, Leipzig: Hirzel. archive.org

Osthoff, Hermann and Karl Brugman (1878), ‘Vorwort’, Morphologische Untersuchungen 1: i-xx. archive.org

Paul, Hermann (1920 [1880]), Prinzipien der Sprachgeschichte, Halle an der Saale: Niemeyer. archive.org
(English trans.: (1891), Principles of the history of language, trans. H. A. Strong, London: Longmans, Green and co. archive.org)

Verner, Karl (1877), ‘Eine Ausnahme der ersten Lautverschiebung’, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 23: 97–130. archive.org

Secondary Sources

Amsterdamska, Olga (1987), Schools of Thought: The development of linguistics from Bopp to Saussure, Dordrecht: Reidel. See Chaps. 4 and 5.

Morpurgo Davies, Anna (1998), History of Linguistics, vol. 4: Nineteenth-century Linguistics, London: Longman. See Chap. 9.

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One comment on “Podcast episode 9: The Neogrammarians
  1. JLS says:

    To the tune of “Mesopotamians” by TMBG:

    We’re the Neogrammarians
    Brugmann, Osthoff, Leskien, Delbrück and Behagel

    And Curtius wouldn’t print a word we say
    So we’ll put it down in our own journal
    Half believing there will sometime come a day
    Someone gives a damn
    Maybe when diffusionists have crumbled into sand

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