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Podcast episode 18: Interview with H. Walter Schmitz on Victoria Lady Welby

Portrait of Victoria Lady Welby

In this interview, we talk to H. Walter Schmitz about pioneer of semiotics Victoria Lady Welby.

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Podcast episode 17: Philipp Wegener and the beginnings of functionalism

Untersuchungen über die Grundfragen des Sprachlebens

In this episode, we take a step back to explore the earliest beginnings of functional linguistics as represented by the work of Philipp Wegener.

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Podcast episode 16: Interview with Chloé Laplantine on Émile Benveniste

In this episode, we talk to Chloé Laplantine about the life and work of French structuralist Émile Benveniste.

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Podcast episode 15: Roman Jakobson, Prague Circle structuralism and phonology

Picasso: Girl with a Mandolin

In this episode, we enter the age of classical structuralism by exploring the phonological research of Roman Jakobson and his colleague Nikolai Trubetzkoy undertaken within the Prague Linguistic Circle.

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Podcast episode 14: The emergence of phonetics in the 19th century

Michael Ashby

In this interview, we talk to Michael Ashby about the emergence and development of phonetics in the 19th and early 20th century.

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Podcast episode 13: Interview with John Joseph on Saussure

John Joseph

In this interview, we talk to John Joseph about Ferdinand de Saussure.

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Podcast episode 12: Language as a system – Ferdinand de Saussure

In this episode, we look at Ferdinand de Saussure’s contributions to linguistics, which are widely considered to be foundational to the later movement of structuralism.

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Podcast episode 11: Interview with Floris Solleveld on disciplinary linguistics in the 19th century

Floris Solleveld

In this interview, we talk to Floris Solleveld about the character of linguistic research in the 19th century.

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Podcast episode 10: Neogrammarian critics – Hugo Schuchardt and Karl Vossler

Rheinprovinz, Wenker 1877

In this episode, we examine some of the major critiques directed against the Neogrammarians and see what they tell us about the state of linguistics around the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. We focus in particular on

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Podcast episode 9: The Neogrammarians

Aller lautwandel, so weit er mechanisch vor sich geht, vollzieht sich nach ausnahmslosen gesetzen

In this episode, we introduce the Neogrammarians, the dominant school of linguistics in the closing decades of the nineteenth century.

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