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Podcast episode 15: Roman Jakobson, Prague Circle structuralism and phonology

Picasso: Girl with a Mandolin

In this episode, we enter the age of classical structuralism by exploring the phonological research of Roman Jakobson and his colleague Nikolai Trubetzkoy undertaken within the Prague Linguistic Circle.

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Podcast episode 14: The emergence of phonetics in the 19th century

Michael Ashby

In this interview, we talk to Michael Ashby about the emergence and development of phonetics in the 19th and early 20th century.

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Podcast episode 13: Interview with John Joseph on Saussure

John Joseph

In this interview, we talk to John Joseph about Ferdinand de Saussure.

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Podcast episode 12: Language as a system – Ferdinand de Saussure

In this episode, we look at Ferdinand de Saussure’s contributions to linguistics, which are widely considered to be foundational to the later movement of structuralism.

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Podcast episode 11: Interview with Floris Solleveld on disciplinary linguistics in the 19th century

Floris Solleveld

In this interview, we talk to Floris Solleveld about the character of linguistic research in the 19th century.

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Podcast episode 10: Neogrammarian critics – Hugo Schuchardt and Karl Vossler

Rheinprovinz, Wenker 1877

In this episode, we examine some of the major critiques directed against the Neogrammarians and see what they tell us about the state of linguistics around the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. We focus in particular on

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Podcast episode 9: The Neogrammarians

Aller lautwandel, so weit er mechanisch vor sich geht, vollzieht sich nach ausnahmslosen gesetzen

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

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Podcast episode 8: Language as an institution – William Dwight Whitney

Table: Scale and Frequency of English Sounds

In this episode, we look first at the critiques of Schleicher’s “physical” and Steinthal’s “psychological” theory of language put forward by the American linguist William Dwight Whitney. We then turn to Whitney’s own conception of language as a “human institution”

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Podcast episode 7: Interview with Clara Stockigt on missionary grammars in Australia

Clara Stockigt

In this interview, we talk to Dr Clara Stockigt about missionary grammars in Australia and their links to the academic linguistic scholarship of the time.

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Podcast episode 6: Schleicher’s morphology and Steinthal’s Völkerpsychologie

Steinthal Charakteristik

In this episode, we look first at August Schleicher’s proposal for a linguistic “morphology” and its intellectual background in nineteenth-century biology. We then compare Schleicher’s approach to the scheme of language classification developed by H. Steinthal within Völkerpsychologie, or “psychology

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