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The Prague Linguistic Circle and the Analogy between Musicology and Linguistics

Bart Karstens University of Amsterdam In recent historiography an upsurge in interest in the interaction between academic disciplines can be seen. This is in no small part due to the rise of the history of humanities as a specialized field

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Posted in 20th century, Europe, History, Linguistics, Phonology

Mapping Language: linguistic cartography as a topic for the history of science

Jan David Braun University of Vienna Introduction Beginning with the history of cartography, this paper will first discuss the development of spatial thinking in different scientific contexts. It will then deal with the practice of linguistic mapping in German dialectology.

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Posted in 20th century, Austria, Dialectology, Europe, Germany, History, Linguistics

Ludwig Noiré and the Debate on Language Origins in the 19th Century

Jacopo D’Alonzo Sorbonne Nouvelle & Sapienza Università di Roma Introduction Linguistic naturalism was one of the main positions taken in linguistic research during the 19th century (for France, see Auroux 1984 and Desmet 1996; for England, see Aarsleff 1983; for

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, Europe, History, Linguistics, Philosophy

Anforderungen an eine serielle Untersuchung des Pariser Wettbewerbs von 1797/99 zum Einfluss der Zeichen auf das Denken

Kerstin Ohligschlaeger-Lim Universität Potsdam Im folgenden soll die Untersuchung des Pariser Wettbewerbs zum Einfluss der Zeichen auf das Denken (1797/99) vorgestellt werden. Dieser Wettbewerb gliedert sich in epistemologische und semiotische Diskurse des ausgehenden 18. Jahrhunderts in Frankreich ein, in denen

Posted in 18th century, Europe, Philosophy

The secret history of grammaticalization

James McElvenny Universität Potsdam Research into grammaticalization has an established pedigree, first certified by Lehmann (2015[1982]: 1-9) and confirmed, with various additions, by Heine et al (1991: 5-23) and Hopper & Traugott (2003[1993]: 19-38).[1] The standard genealogy records the birth

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, Europe, History, Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics

Christian Karl Reisig as an upholder of philosophical linguistics in 19th century Germany

Jacques François Université de Caen & CNRS In his introduction (p.6-18) to the Vorlesungen über lateinische Sprachwissenschaft (Lectures on Latin Linguistics, 1839), Christian Karl Reisig offered a philosophically grounded account of the epistemology of language as a Prinzipienwissenschaft (“Science of

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Posted in 19th century, Europe, Germany, History, Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics

Aree, volumi e spazi: la geometria linguistica di Hjelmslev

Lorenzo Cigana Université de Liège Questo nostro intervento si concentra su alcuni aspetti del pensiero hjelmsleviano e della teoria glossematica in cui è più forte il respiro interdisciplinare che intreccia tra loro almeno i seguenti problemi: a) il ruolo gnoseologico

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Posted in 20th century, Denmark, Europe, History, Linguistics, Structuralism

Antoine Meillet et les massacres d’Arménie de 1915

Sébastien Moret Université de Tartu / Université de Lausanne L’année 2015 marque le centième anniversaire des tragiques événements que subirent les populations arméniennes de l’empire ottoman en 1915[1], événements auxquels la quasi-totalité de la communauté internationale attribue le terme de

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Posted in 20th century, Anatolia, Europe, History, Linguistics

Family resemblance and semantics: the vagaries of a not so new concept

Jean-Michel Fortis Université Paris Diderot The motivation for writing this post is twofold: first, there is still something to be said about the origins of the notion of family resemblance and its application to semantics, most notably in the version

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Posted in 20th century, Cognitive Linguistics, Europe, History, Linguistics, Semantics

Las disciplinas lingüísticas en la España decimonónica: Julián González de Soto y el Colegio de Figueras (1839-1845)

María José García Folgado Universitat de València – Grupo GIEL La historia de la enseñanza de la gramática es un campo que, en el marco hispánico, solo recientemente está siendo objeto de investigación. Aunque desde la Historiografía Lingüística se han

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