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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

Spanish language in Portuguese texts (16th to 19th centuries)

Sónia Duarte Centro de Linguística da Universidade do Porto Despite the geographic and linguistic proximity between Spain and Portugal, the first Spanish grammar to be printed in Portugal and for Portuguese native speakers only dates back to 1848, as explored

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John Stoddart’s The Philosophy of Language: the “last truly universalist work”

Joseph L. Subbiondo California Institute of Integral Studies Introduction Sir John Stoddart (1773-1856) served as England’s advocate in Malta from 1803-1807, editor of The Times from 1814 to 1816, founder and editor of The New Times from 1816 to 1826,

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Examining material aspects of manuscripts. Part II: Bindings and provenance

Anna Pytlowany University of Amsterdam This is Part II of a series. Part I is here. At first glance, the history of Dutch East India Company (VOC) linguistics is simply a history of texts. Published or not, edited, translated, or

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“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, Germany, History, Linguistics

‘You don’t see what you don’t know’: examining material aspects of manuscripts (Part I)

Anna Pytlowany University of Amsterdam Part one: Paper, ink, watermarks My interest in manuscripts as material objects was sparked when I started my PhD research into the history of Dutch descriptive linguistics. Ultimately, I want to create a virtual digital

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The lost Tesoro del ydioma ylocano

Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro At the end of the 18th century, Russian Empress Catherine II wanted to compile an atlas of the world’s languages. She commissioned first the German Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811) and then

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Posted in 18th century, Lexicography, Philippines

New dating of the Iloko manuscript lexicography

Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez Centro de Estudos em Letras (CEL) Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) Missionary lexicography in the Philippines is extensive and exhaustive. Dozens of grammars and vocabularies have been written since the Spanish arrival in the Philippines

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Early writing and printing in the Philippines

Rebeca Ferndández Rodríguez Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Printing and publishing began in the Philippines with the arrival of the Spanish in 1565. Encountering an enormous number of native languages, the Spaniards felt a pressing need to describe the

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