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Language in and out of society: Converging critiques of the Labovian paradigm

Johannes Woschitz University of Edinburgh The following text is based on and is, where appropriate, an elaboration of Woschitz (2019), a paper I have recently published and which is the centrepiece of my PhD thesis. A different title could have

Posted in America, Article, Dialectology, Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics

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, Article, Europe, History, Linguistics, Phonology

Dr José Rizal and the making of a modern linguistic Messiah

Piers Kelly Australian National University Describing the preeminent Filipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal as a linguist is a little like referring to Thomas Jefferson as a horticulturalist. The statement may be true, but the many other talents that Rizal

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Posted in 19th century, Article, History, Linguistics, Philippines, Phonology

A uniform orthography and early linguistic research in Australia

David Moore University of Western Australia Introduction A Uniform orthography can be defined as one which is segmental and phonographic. Each graphic segment is pronounced and has a distinct value. Internal consistency in transcription is achieved by defining each segment

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, Article, Australia, Field linguistics, History, Linguistics, Phonology

Historical Chinese phonology as a meeting ground for the Indian, the Chinese, and the Western linguistic tradition

Lei Zhu Shanghai International Studies University The speech sound, being the most important medium between our physical body and linguistic mind, is one of human beings’ oldest objects of study. In different cultures, it has been understood in different ways,

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Posted in Article, China, Europe, History, India, Linguistics, Phonology

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