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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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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

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

German Lutheran Missionaries and the Linguistic Landscape of Central Australia 1890-1910

David Moore University of Western Australia My research aims to investigate documentation and research in the languages of Central Australia, providing a valid interpretation of the materials of the earliest work on the Aranda (Arrernte, Arrarnta) language of Central Australia.

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

The Latin-Portuguese grammarian Manuel √Ālvares (1526-1583) and his De institvtione grammatica libri tres

Rolf Kemmler University of Tr√°s-os-Montes e Alto Douro A little more than 440 years ago, in September 1572, the Portuguese typographer Jo√£o da Barreira printed the first edition of a quite elaborate grammar of the Latin language. Little did the

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Posted in 16th century, Article, Europe, Grammars, History, Portugal