Horizons of projection – The Future of Linguistic Knowledge: A Historical Perspective, open workshop at ICHoLS XV, 24–28 August 2020, Milan

Convenors:
Jean-Marie Fournier, Christian Puech, Valérie Raby (Université Sorbonne nouvelle – Paris 3 / Histoire des théories linguistiques)

The Fifteenth International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, ICHoLS XV, will be held from 24–28 August 2020 in Milan. An open workshop on ‘Horizons of projection’ will be included in the programme. For this workshop, we invite abstracts for 20-minute papers (400 words max.) before 1 December 2019.

The workshop aims at exploring the “horizons of projection” of linguistics and the forms they may take depending on the historical and cultural context. A “Horizon of projection” can be defined as the anticipation of the evolution of a field of knowledge, a discipline, a theory or a school of thought. In other words the workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on the history of the ways that, as Michelet put it, “each era dreams the next”.
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of linguistics, August 2019

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CfP: Language as a Specimen, open workshop at ICHoLS XV

24–28 August 2020, Milan

Conveners:
Floris Solleveld (KU Leuven)
Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez (University of Amsterdam)
Anna Pytlowany (independent)

The Fifteenth International Conference On The History of The Language Sciences, ICHoLS XV, will be held from 24–28 August 2020 in Milan. Our open workshop on ‘Language as a Specimen’ will be part of the programme. For this workshop, we invite abstracts for 20-minute papers (400 words max.) before 1 December 2019. Read more ›

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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of linguistics, June-July 2019

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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 the analysis of the internal organisation of linguistic categories, in both their formal and semantic constitution. The principles of such analyses were discussed and developed within the Copenhagen Linguistic Circle. According to our hypothesis, they represent an important cohesive factor that may allow us to speak of a “Danish school” centred on this specific aspect.
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The foreign entanglements of Mandarin Chinese in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Mårten Söderblom Saarela
Academia Sinica in Taipei

This blog post will discuss some transnational aspects of the history of Mandarin Chinese, what in the twentieth century became codified as the national language of China. I will first briefly discuss what China’s national language is, then look at a few aspects of its history that shows its entanglement with Inner Asian empires, non-Chinese languages, and scholars and students from elsewhere in East Asia and even Europe. Finally, I will discuss some of my own recent and ongoing research in this area, and end on what I think is an exciting avenue for future work.

Throughout my post, I will not make a strict separation of linguistic research on the history of the Mandarin language itself and historical research on the production and reception of the documents used to learn Mandarin in the past. I treat them as two aspects of the same story. The sources for the sounds of Mandarin are often the same documents that the historian uses to explore how it was studied.
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of linguistics, April-May 2019

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CfP: ICHoLS XV, Milan, 24–28 August 2020

24–28 August 2020
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Milan, Italy
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11th Conference on Missionary Linguistics, Argentina, 3–5 March 2020

3–5 March 2020
Universidad Nacional de La Pampa
Instituto de Linguistica
Coronel Gil 353, 3º piso
L6304DWP Santa Rosa
La Pampa, Argentina

Abstract deadline: 1 November 2019
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Why women botanists outnumbered women linguists in nineteenth century Australia

Jane Simpson
Australian National University

1. Introduction

In colonial Australia (1788–1901), 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 men who contributed to the two main nineteenth-century Australian Indigenous vocabulary collections (Curr 1886–1887; Smyth 1876). Why were plants more attractive than languages? Read more ›

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