Recent publications in the history and philosophy of the language sciences – September 2021

James McElvenny & Andrea Ploder, ed. 2021. Holisms of communication: The early history of audio-visual sequence analysis. Berlin : Language Science Press. 268 p. ISBN : 978-3-98554-017-4
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 central pillar of contemporary communication research is the analysis of filmed interactions between people. The techniques employed in such analysis first took on a recognizably modern form in the 1970s, but their roots go back to the earliest days of motion picture technology in the late nineteenth century. This book presents original essays accompanied by written responses which together create a dialogue exploring early efforts at audio-visual sequence analysis and their common goal to capture the “whole” of the communicative situation.

The first three chapters of this volume look at the film-based research of Gestalt psychologists in Berlin as well as psychologists in the orbit of Karl and Charlotte Bühler in Vienna in the first decades of the twentieth century. Most of these figures – along with many other Central European scholars of this era – were driven into exile in the United States after the rise of National Socialism in the 1930s. This scientific migration led to the cross-pollination of communication studies in America, an outcome visible in the leading project in interaction research of the mid-twentieth century, the Natural History of an Interview. The following two chapters examine this project in its historical context. The volume closes with a critical edition of a treasure from the archives: the transcript of a speech delivered by Ray Birdwhistell, a key participant in the Natural History of an Interview project and founder of kinesics.

The book is downloadable here.

Wendy Ayres-Bennett & John Bellamy, ed. 2021. The Cambridge handbook of language standardization. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics. 802 p. ISBN : 9781108559249
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Language standardization is the process by which conventional forms of a language are established and maintained. Bringing together internationally renowned experts, this Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of standardization, norms and standard languages. Chapters are grouped into five thematic areas: models and theories of standardization, questions of authority and legitimacy, literacy and education, borders and boundaries, and standardization in Late Modernity. Each chapter addresses a specific issue in detail, illustrating it with linguistic case studies and taking into account the particular political, social and cultural context. Showcasing cutting-edge research, it offers fresh perspectives that go beyond traditional accounts of the standardization of national European languages, and affords new insights into minoritized, indigenous and stateless languages. Surveying a wide range of languages and approaches, this Handbook is an essential resource for all those interested in language standards and standard languages.

2021. Language & History, 64-2. Abingdon-on-Thames :Taylor and Francis. ISSN: 1759-7536
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José Miguel Alcolado Carnicero
The diffusion of English in late medieval social networks: Henry V, Robert Chicheley, London Grocers, and London Brewers

Marek Nekula
Language loyalty and language shift in Bohemia in the long 19th century based on the language biography of Friedrich (Bedřich) Smetana

Michael Byram
Stanley Leathes and his influence on ‘The Leathes Report’

Book reviews

Michela Piattelli. 2019. Pleasure of Imitation: Naturalismo e filogenesi del linguaggio nelle teorie di Hensleigh Wedgwood e di Charles Darwin
by John E. Joseph

James McElvenny ed. 2019. Form and formalism in linguistics
by Randy Allen Harris

Emanuele Fadda & Giuseppe Cosenza, ed. 2021. Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, 72 (2019). Genève : Droz. 312 p. ISSN : 0068-516X
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L. Cigana, E. Sofia, S. Gregersen, C. Martín Gallegoet, V. Pérez Béjar
Gloses d’auteur. L’exemplaire du Cours annoté par Louis Hjelmslev

G. Cosenza
Vers une image nouvelle de la réception du CLG (1916) en Italie

M. Jorge
Transposition didactique et manuélisation du CLG : le rôle de Bally et Sechehaye

T. Scheer
SPE cum autosegmental representations. In memoriam Morris Halle (1923-2018)

A.-G. Toutain
Langage et signifiant. Une analyse épistémologique de la distinction structuraliste entre langage et langues

Résumés de thèses

J. D’Alonzo
Tran Duc Thao’s Theory of Language Origins

S. Montes Henriques
Les manuscrits de Ferdinand de Saussure sur les légendes germaniques : une relation entre la parole et l’histoire


Ferdinand de Saussure
La correspondance de Saussure à Niedermann (1904-1908). L’école de Saussure : admirer et pourtant ne pas comprendre, par S. Piccini

Serge Karcevskiet et Charles Bally
Discuter avec le maître. Douze textes inédits de Karcevski commentés par Bally », édition et commentaire par I. Fougeronet et G. Fougeron

In memoriam

Jean-Claude Chevalier, 1925-2018 (L. Formigari et D. Gambarara) ;

Antoine Culioli, 1924-2018 (D. Ducard) ;

Paolo Fabbri, 1939-2020 (E. Fadda) ;

Gérard Genette, 1930-2018 (R. De Angelis) ;

Gilbert Lazard, 1920-2018 (A. Sansò)

Lectures critiques

Comptes rendus

Chroniques de colloques, événements, annonces

Chronique du Cercle.

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