Recent publications in the history and philosophy of the language sciences – December 2022

Michaël Crevoisier & Aurélien Galateau, ed. 2022. Langage et Idéologie. Penser le devenir de la langue avec Klemperer. Nice : Éditions Unes. Unes Idée. 184 p. ISBN 978-2-87704-251-2,
Publisher’s website

Depuis une vingtaine d’années, on commence à mieux connaître en France la vie et l’œuvre de Victor Klemperer, ce philologue juif allemand qui a décrypté la langue du Troisième Reich et lui a miraculeusement survécu. Ses carnets, dans lesquels il a consigné pendant plus d’une décennie les distorsions que les nazis faisaient subir à la langue allemande, sont devenus un document incontournable pour saisir ce qu’est le totalitarisme. 
L’expérience singulière et tragique de cet homme qui a trouvé son salut dans l’étude obsessionnelle de l’idiome nazi est ici le point de départ d’une réflexion sur la situation actuelle du langage. Pour peu qu’on l’écoute vraiment, la langue dit toujours la vérité d’une époque. À travers ses transformations, dans la confusion des sentiments et l’ambiguïté des mots, s’imposent certaines idées et représentations qu’on a longtemps qualifiées d’idéologie avant que ce terme ne tombe en disgrâce. Cet ouvrage collectif entreprend de montrer les modalités suivant lesquelles l’idéologie se déploie aujourd’hui, en croisant l’approche linguistique héritée de Klemperer, la tradition critique en sciences sociales qui a su historiquement la conceptualiser, et une problématisation des systèmes techniques qui permet d’analyser l’automatisation du langage.  
Faire de Klemperer notre contemporain, c’est nous confronter au discours publicitaire et aux algorithmes du web mondialisé en nous armant du principe d’exactitude qui guidait l’écriture de son journal et « apprendre à se colleter à sa propre conscience, plutôt que de surveiller celles des autres », comme nous y invite Walser.”


Herman Paul, ed. 2022. Writing the History of the Humanities. Questions, Themes, and Approaches. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. Writing History. 392 p. ISBN 9781350199071
Publisher’s webpage

What are the humanities? As the cluster of disciplines historically grouped together as “humanities” has grown and diversified to include media studies and digital studies alongside philosophy, art history and musicology to name a few, the need to clearly define the field is pertinent.
Herman Paul leads a stellar line-up of esteemed and early-career scholars to provide an overview of the themes, questions and methods that are central to current research on the history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century humanities. This exciting addition to the successful Writing History series will draw from a wide range of case-studies from diverse fields, as classical philology, art history, and Biblical studies, to provide a state-of-the-art overview of the field.
In doing so, this ground-breaking book challenges the rigid distinctions between disciplines and show the variety of prisms through which historians of the humanities study the past.


Cassiodorus. Institutiones humanarum litterarum. Textus Φ Δ. Edited by Ilaria Morresi. 2022. Turnhout : Brepols. 512 p. ISBN 978-2-503-59589-4
Publisher’s website

The Institutiones humanarum litterarum – that is, the second book of Cassiodorus’ masterpiece, devoted to secular learning – have come to us in three different textual forms: the ‘authentic’ recension Ω, corresponding to Cassiodorus’ final wishes, and two subsequent recensions, named Φ and Δ. Here, later interpolations were added starting from an earlier authorial draft, providing modern readers with valuable information about Cassiodorus’ progressive revisions and updates. Subsequent additions are also evidence of the early fortune of the Institutiones, showing which texts were actively read and studied from the 6th to the 9th centuries. Following Roger Mynors’ and Pierre Courcelle’s fundamental intuitions, Ilaria Morresi provides the first complete critical edition of the Φ Δ corpora, based on the systematic study of the manuscript tradition. Much attention is paid to the many diagrams included both within the Institutiones saeculares and the interpolations, which are clues to the great importance of images for Early Mediaeval teaching on Trivium and Quadrivium.


Elaine Silveira & Stefania Montes Henriques, ed. 2022. Saussure: manuscritos, aulas e publicações. Uberlândia: EDUFU. DOI: doi.org/10.14393/978–65-5824-024-2
Publisher’s website

A publicação de um livro sobre Ferdinand de Saussure com o subtítulo manuscritos, aulas e publicações se justifica no sentido de apresentar ao leitor a produtividade de cada um desses diferentes espaços nos quais a produção do linguista foi depositada e reverbera em tantas áreas até hoje. Essa diversidade de suportes materiais nos quais se encontram as elaborações do linguista impõe aos pesquisadores uma via com vários caminhos: pode-se partir da obra respon- sável pela fundação da Linguística Moderna, como também de seus manuscritos, das anotações de seus alunos, ou ainda se deter em suas publicações.
O que ocorre com o arcabouço teórico saussuriano é que os caminhos escolhidos não se excluem, mas sim se relacionam, muitas vezes se sobrepõem, mostrandonos uma inter-relação ainda mais profícua entre essas diferentes fontes da produção do genebrino. O resultado dessa diversidade, ao contrário do que se poderia pensar, contribui para uma discussão tanto mais aprofundada quanto complexa da herança intelectual do fundador da linguística moderna.
Mas, para além de mostrar toda a herança que Saussure nos deixou, este livro também pretende evidenciar a amplitude e fecundidade de suas elaborações. Conceitos, aforismas e axiomas que, por vezes, passam despercebidos entre os pesquisadores das ciências da linguagem ainda hoje são dignos de investigação justamente por sua importância e por levantar questões que ainda nos incomodam, sejamos linguistas ou simplesmente falantes. […]

Book in open access


Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure 74. 2022. Edited by Pierre-Yves Testenoire. Genève : Droz. 328 p. ISSN 0068-516X
Publisher’s website

SOMMAIRE

Éditorial

Articles
BASILE, Grazia : Le phénomène de la synonymie entre système linguistique et infinité. Saussure et Bally en comparaison

CIMATTI, Felice : Saussure on the odd and unconscious nature of language

DE ANGELIS, Rossana : La sémiologie à l’école de Genève

FADDA, Emanuele : La syntaxe sémiologique de L. J. Prieto. Une théorie de la connaissance des objets composés

TOUTAIN, Anne-Gaëlle : La place de la syntaxe dans l’œuvre de linguistique générale de Ferdinand de Saussure

WILLEMS, Klaas : Saussure on synonymy

Résumé de thèse
A.VARGAS STAWINSKI, « À l’écoute de la langue-parole : considérations à partir de la théorie saussurienne »

Documents
TESTENOIRE, Pierre-Yves, WILLEMIN, Simon : Ferdinand de Saussure dans les archives de Jean Starobinski

TESTENOIRE, Pierre-Yves : Raymon Queneau. Saussure, hétéroclite ?

AMARA, Lucia : La traduction italienne des Mots sous les mots. Une version augmentée

TESTENOIRE, Pierre-Yves, WILLEMIN, Simon : Bibliographie de Jean Starobinski sur les anagrammes de Saussure

In memoriam
JOSEPH, John E. : E. F. K. Koerner (1939-2022)

Lectures critiques

Comptes rendus

Chronique du Cercle.


Language & History 65(3). Political Conceptualizations of Linguistic Thought. 2022. Edited by Andrew Ji Ma & Richard Steadman-Jones. Abingdon-on-Thames: Taylor and Francis. Online ISSN: 1759-7544
Publisher’s website

Table of contents

Politics and linguistic thought: perspectives and interpretations
Andrew Ji Ma & Richard Steadman-Jones

Spelling reform in Tudor England: dialogues, debates and political frames
Andrew Ji Ma

Religious difference, colonial politics, and Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India
Javed Majeed

Soviet Indology and the critique of colonial philology: the work of Aleksei Barannikov in the light of Dalit studies
Craig Brandist

Linguistic fieldwork at the end of empire: British officials and American structuralists in Anthony Burgess’ Malayan trilogy
Richard Steadman-Jones

Ghosts of the past: the uncanny presence of Nazi sources in post-war sociolinguistics
Christopher Hutton

Posted in Publications

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Upcoming events

28-30 June 2023
Faro, Portugal
International Inter-association (History of Language Teaching) Conference
Language teachers, methodologies and teacher training in historical perspective

4-6 September 2023
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
2023 Annual Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society
What counts as scientific in the History of Linguistics?

6-9 September 2023
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
XXXII. International Colloquium of the “Studienkreis ‘Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft'” (SGdS)
Controversies in the history of linguistics

%d bloggers like this: