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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, Article, Europe, Germany, History, Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics

Networking and obstacles to the development of the language sciences as reflected in the correspondence of Rodolfo Lenz and Hugo Schuchardt

Silvio Moreira de Sousa & Johannes Mücke Hugo Schuchardt Archive, University of Graz As the call for papers for the upcoming Coloquio Rodolfo Lenz 2016 is open until February 22nd (the conference will be held on May 5th 2016, at

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Field linguistics, Germany, History, Linguistics

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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Posted in 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Article, History, Linguistics, Portugal, Spain

Phonetische studien — applied linguistics gets its first journal

Andrew Linn University of Sheffield Several new journals of the late 1870s (Englische studien, Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie and the Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie) gave the linguistics of the modern languages the means for their proponents to talk to

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Posted in 19th century, Article, History, Language teaching, Linguistics, Phonetics

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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Posted in 18th century, 19th century, Article, History, Philosophy

Hugo Schuchardt and his Network of Knowledge

Johannes Mücke & Silvio Moreira de Sousa [1] Hugo Schuchardt Archiv, University of Graz “Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth.” Frank Zappa (1979) Information: The goal of the project “Network of Knowledge” (runtime 2012-2015,

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Europe, Linguistics

Sensualism for Dummies

Els Elffers University of Amsterdam 1. From sensualism to intentionalism. Four examples. What do Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920), Jacques van Ginneken (1877-1945), Ernst Cassirer (1894-1945) and Martinus Langeveld (1905-1989) have in common? Apart from the fact that they were all men,

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, Article, Austria, Europe, Germany, History, Linguistics, Netherlands, Psycholinguistics

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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Posted in 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Article, Europe, Linguistics, Netherlands

La aportación de Nicolau Peixoto para el estudio del español en Portugal

Sónia Duarte Centro de Linguística da Universidade do Porto En la historia de la enseñanza/aprendizaje del español en Portugal, Nicolau António Peixoto (?–1862) ocupa un lugar fundamental cuyo significado se procurará precisar aquí, presentando su Grammatica Hespanhola para uso dos Portuguezes (Oporto 1848)

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Grammars, Portugal

Early Descriptions of Gender in Pama-Nyungan Languages

Clara Stockigt University of Adelaide There is little correlation between the existence of a system of gender in Pama-Nyungan languages and the inclusion of a discussion of these systems under the heading “Gender” in early grammatical sources. Of the small

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, Article, Australia, Field linguistics, Grammars, History, Linguistics, Syntax, Typology