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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

“Except in the case of Andrade”: Manuel J. Andrade’s Quileute (1933) on the questions of “drift” and “function”

Perry Wong University of Chicago While currently nearly unknown, Manuel J. Andrade (1885-1941)[1] is one of the central figures in the history of linguistics in the United States. He was a student of Boas at Columbia and an early methodological

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Posted in 20th century, America, Article, Field linguistics, History, Linguistics, Pragmatics, Structuralism

Aree, volumi e spazi: la geometria linguistica di Hjelmslev

Lorenzo Cigana UniversitĂ© de LiĂšge Questo nostro intervento si concentra su alcuni aspetti del pensiero hjelmsleviano e della teoria glossematica in cui Ăš piĂč forte il respiro interdisciplinare che intreccia tra loro almeno i seguenti problemi: a) il ruolo gnoseologico

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Posted in 20th century, Article, Denmark, Europe, History, Linguistics, Structuralism

Le Formalisme russe dans l’histoire de la linguistique

Patrick Flack sdvig press Le Formalisme russe, Ă  bien des Ă©gards, constitue un phĂ©nomĂšne paradoxal. Il a, c’est bien connu, fourni les fondements d’une approche systĂ©matique de la littĂ©rature (ou du « langage poĂ©tique « ) et contribuĂ© Ă  produire une grande partie

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Saussure’s sound symbolism

John Joseph University of Edinburgh “The most celebrated opponent of the sound symbolic hypothesis,” writes Magnus (2013: 201), “was, of course, Ferdinand de Saussure”. Of course. One of Saussure’s key contributions to modern linguistics is the principle of the arbitrariness

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Bloomfield : Du mentalisme au behaviorisme

Jean-Michel Fortis Laboratoire d’histoire des thĂ©ories linguistiques, UniversitĂ© Paris-Diderot On peut s’interroger sur l’évolution qui voit Bloomfield passer de la psychologie Ă  dominante wundtienne, qui imprĂšgne son Introduction de 1914, au behaviorisme, et d’une linguistique “mentaliste” Ă  une linguistique psycho-abstinente

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Hendrik Pos and the epistemological foundations of structuralism

Patrick Flack Charles University, Prague The name of Dutch linguist and philosopher Hendrik Josephus Pos (1898-1955) is not one that rings many bells today, except perhaps in the Netherlands and the (growing) circles of Merleau-Ponty specialists. But to the keen

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Posted in 20th century, Article, Europe, History, Linguistics, Phenomenology, Philosophy, Structuralism

Emile Benveniste et les langues amĂ©rindiennes.

ChloĂ© Laplantine Laboratoire d’Histoire des ThĂ©ories Linguistiques CNRS-UniversitĂ© Paris Diderot Les langues amĂ©rindiennes ont une place critique dans la linguistique d’Emile Benveniste (1902-1976). A deux reprises dans les ProblĂšmes de linguistique gĂ©nĂ©rale, il explique l’importance pour l’histoire de la linguistique

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From Inductivism to Structuralism: the ‘method of residues’ goes to the field

Michael Silverstein University of Chicago It should be clear to anyone who surveys the historical record that the “discovery” of the phoneme – that is, the codification of phonological theory and method – was key in linguists’ consciousness of a

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