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History of Linguistics in East and South-East Asia

Below are two talks originally presented at the meeting of the Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific, December 2020, on the history of the grammatical description of Vietnamese and Chinese. Quang Anh Le, Time-marking particles and the

Posted in 19th century, 20th century, China, Grammars, History

Galant grammarians: Donneau de Vis√©‚Äôs Mercure galant

Doyle Calhoun Yale University (Department of French) What was the Mercure galant and why should it interest historians of linguistics? Founded in 1672 by Jean Donneau de Vis√© (1638‚Äď1710) ‚ÄĒ journalist and royal historiographer under Louis XIV ‚ÄĒ the bestselling

Posted in 17th century, 18th century, Article, Grammars

What is Syriac and what is Aramaic according to Syriac grammarians (8th-16th cent.)

Margherita Farina Histoire des Théories Linguistiques (Paris) What is Aramaic? In modern linguistic terms, we can say that Aramaic is a linguistic group, composed by dialectal varieties defined on a geographical, chronological and socio-cultural basis. For example, we speak about

Posted in Article, Grammars, Syriac, Uncategorized

The formalisation of grammatical meanings in Copenhagen structural linguistics. Some remarks.

Lorenzo Cigana University of Copenhagen (NorS) The aim of this outline contribution, which will receive a proper treatment elsewhere, is to describe a single piece within the broader mosaic of European Structuralism: an undercurrent of Danish structural linguistics focused on

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Posted in Article, Europe, Grammars, Linguistics, Structuralism

Why women botanists outnumbered women linguists in nineteenth century Australia

Jane Simpson Australian National University 1. Introduction In colonial Australia (1788‚Äď1901), only about a dozen women are recorded as documenting Australian languages, compared with nearly 300 women contributors to herbariums (Maroske and Vaughan 2014), and with the 100 or so

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Australia, Field linguistics, Grammars, Missionary Linguistics, Uncategorized

Primitive Languages: linguistic determinism and the description of Aranda eighty years on

David Moore University of Western Australia Introduction The view that Australian Aboriginal languages are primitive¬†endured into the twentieth century and is still widespread throughout the Australian community. ‚ÄėPrimitive languages‚Äô were a means of using linguistic evidence from a language to

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, Article, Australia, Grammars, History, Linguistics, Missionary Linguistics, Typology

Missionary-induced language change, on the trail of the conditional in Nafsan, central Vanuatu

Nick Thieberger University of Melbourne Can a missionary make a change to a language so that an existing construction is replaced by one based on English? This is what appears to have happened in Nafsan, Efate, in Vanuatu, which has independently

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Field linguistics, Grammars, History, Linguistics, Missionary Linguistics

Translator proditor. The affirmation of the authorial voice in Mat√≠as Ruiz Blanco.

Roxana Sarion University of Troms√ł, Norway Mat√≠as Ru√≠z 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

Las disciplinas ling√ľ√≠sticas en la Espa√Īa decimon√≥nica: Juli√°n Gonz√°lez de Soto y el Colegio de Figueras (1839-1845)

Mar√≠a Jos√© Garc√≠a Folgado Universitat de Val√®ncia ‚Äď Grupo GIEL La historia de la ense√Īanza de la gram√°tica es un campo que, en el marco hisp√°nico, solo recientemente est√° siendo objeto de investigaci√≥n. Aunque desde la Historiograf√≠a Ling√ľ√≠stica se han

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Posted in Article, Europe, Grammars, Spain

La aportaci√≥n de Nicolau Peixoto para el estudio del espa√Īol en Portugal

S√≥nia Duarte Centro de Lingu√≠stica da Universidade do Porto En la historia de la ense√Īanza/aprendizaje del espa√Īol en Portugal, Nicolau¬†Ant√≥nio Peixoto (?‚Äď1862) ocupa un lugar fundamental cuyo significado se¬†procurar√° precisar aqu√≠, presentando su Grammatica Hespanhola para uso dos¬†Portuguezes (Oporto 1848)

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Grammars, Portugal

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