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How Galilean is the ‘Galilean Method’?

Christina Behme Mount St Vincent University In many recent (and some not so recent) publications Noam Chomsky makes an appeal to Galilean science and claims the Galilean framework justifies his own approach to scientific inquiry (e.g., Chomsky, 2002, 2009, 2010,

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Posted in America, Article, Linguistics, Philosophy

Translator proditor. The affirmation of the authorial voice in Matías Ruiz Blanco.

Roxana Sarion University of Tromsø, Norway Matías Ruíz Blanco (1643-1705/1708?) was a Franciscan friar who served as a missionary, historian and linguist in colonial Venezuela. Born in the village of Estepa in the Spanish region of Andalusia, he was devoted

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Posted in 17th century, America, Article, Grammars, History, Linguistics, Missionary Linguistics

In Praise of “Exceptionless:” Linguistics among the Human Sciences at Bloomfield and Sapir’s Chicago

Michael Silverstein University of Chicago Edward Sapir (1884-1939) arrived at the University of Chicago for Autumn Quarter, 1925, having spent the summer, in transit from Ottawa, in New York City teaching summer school at Columbia. Two years later, in 1927,

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Posted in 20th century, America, Article, History, Linguistics

“Some Americans could not by any means count to 1000”: the cognitive effects of the lack of names for numbers in exotic languages from the perspective of linguistic theorists before Humboldt

Gerda Haßler Universität Potsdam The limited number word vocabulary in some languages for quantities above a specific amount has for some time been a much-debated topic. A study published in 2008 (Butterworth, Reeve, Reynolds, Lloyd 2008), which attracted much attention,

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Posted in 18th century, America, Article, Germany, History, Linguistics

Sapir’s form-feeling and its aesthetic background

Jean-Michel Fortis Laboratoire d’histoire des théories linguistiques, Université Paris-Diderot I find that what I most care for is beauty of form, whether in substance or, perhaps even more keenly, in spirit. A perfect style, a well-balanced system of philosophy, a

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, America, Article, Europe, Germany, History, Linguistics

Bloomfield : Du mentalisme au behaviorisme

Jean-Michel Fortis Laboratoire d’histoire des théories linguistiques, Université Paris-Diderot On peut s’interroger sur l’évolution qui voit Bloomfield passer de la psychologie à dominante wundtienne, qui imprègne son Introduction de 1914, au behaviorisme, et d’une linguistique “mentaliste” à une linguistique psycho-abstinente

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, America, Article, History, Linguistics, Structuralism

El Sermonario de fray Bernardino de Sahagún y los fondos en lenguas indígenas de la Biblioteca Nacional de México

Pilar Máynez Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Sobre el repositorio que resguarda la versión tardía del Sermonario de los Sanctos del año en lengua mexicana La Biblioteca Nacional de México fue oficialmente inaugurada el 2 de abril de 1884 en

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Posted in 15th century, 16th century, America, Article, Europe, History, Linguistics

Emile Benveniste et les langues amérindiennes.

Chloé Laplantine Laboratoire d’Histoire des Théories Linguistiques CNRS-Université Paris Diderot Les langues amérindiennes ont une place critique dans la linguistique d’Emile Benveniste (1902-1976). A deux reprises dans les Problèmes de linguistique générale, il explique l’importance pour l’histoire de la linguistique

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Posted in 20th century, America, Article, Field linguistics, History, Linguistics, Structuralism

From Inductivism to Structuralism: the ‘method of residues’ goes to the field

Michael Silverstein University of Chicago It should be clear to anyone who surveys the historical record that the “discovery” of the phoneme – that is, the codification of phonological theory and method – was key in linguists’ consciousness of a

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, America, Article, Europe, History, Linguistics, Structuralism