Podcast episode 23: Interview with Noam Chomsky on the beginnings of generative grammar

Noam Chomsky

In this interview, we talk to Noam Chomsky about the intellectual environment in which generative grammar emerged.

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Call for papers: ICHoLS XVI, Tbilisi, 26–30 August 2024

26–30 August 2024, Tbilisi, Georgia

Hosted by

  • Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics
  • Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University

The Sixteenth International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, ICHoLS XVI, will be held from 26 to 30 August 2024 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Australian languages, histories of documentation, description and revival

Online workshop, 1–2 December 2022

Organisers: James McElvenny and Clara Stockigt

This workshop will bring together linguists, anthropologists and historians to discuss the history of the documentation, description and revival of the Aboriginal languages of Australia. Central questions to be addressed by the workshop include:

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Podcast episode 22: Interview with Christopher Hutton on linguistics under National Socialism

Völkerkarte von Mitteleuropa

In this interview, we talk to Christopher Hutton about linguistic scholarship under National Socialism and how this relates to linguistics today.

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E. F. K. Koerner (1939–2022)

E. F. K. Koerner portrait

With the recent passing of Konrad Koerner on 6 January 2022, we offer here as a tribute to his life and work some excerpts from a previously unreleased biographical interview, recorded on 2 January 2019 at his apartment in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.

In the two excerpts selected here he describes first how he established his publishing relationship with John Benjamins of Amsterdam and then how he came to organise the first ICHoLS conference in Ottawa in 1978.

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Podcast episode 21: Karl Bühler’s Organon model and the Prague Circle

Organon model

In this episode, we look at psychologist Karl Bühler’s (1879–1963) Organon model of communication and observe its influence on the linguists Nikolai Trubetzkoy (1890–1938) and Roman Jakobson (1896–1982), who were associated with the Prague Circle.

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CfP: Colloquium Studienkreis Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft, Flensburg 8–11 June 2022

On 8–11 June 2022, the 31st International Colloquium of the “Studienkreis ‘Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft’” (SGdS) on Language and Language Awareness in the History of Linguistics will take place at the Europa-Universität Flensburg.

The choice of topics may range from antiquity to the present.

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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of the language sciences – December 2021

Marcin Kilarski. 2021. A History of the Study of the Indigenous Languages of North America. Amsterdam : John Benjamins. Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 129. 443 p. ISBN : 9789027210494
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The languages indigenous to North America are characterized by a remarkable genetic and typological diversity. Based on the premise that linguistic examples play a key role in the origin and transmission of ideas within linguistics and across disciplines, this book examines the history of approaches to these languages through the lens of some of their most prominent properties. These properties include consonant inventories and the near absence of labials in Iroquoian languages, gender in Algonquian languages, verbs for washing in the Iroquoian language Cherokee and terms for snow and related phenomena in Eskimo-Aleut languages. By tracing the interpretations of the four examples by European and American scholars, the author illustrates their role in both lay and professional contexts as a window onto unfamiliar languages and cultures, thus allowing a more holistic view of the history of language study in North America.

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Podcast episode 20: Interview with Jacqueline Léon on Firth, Malinowski and the London School

In this interview, we continue the theme of the previous episode and talk to Jacqueline Léon about John Rupert Firth (1890–1960), Bronisław Malinowski (1884–1942) and the London School.

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CfP: Henry Sweet Society Colloquium Leuven 2022

The 2022 annual colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas will be held from Tuesday 20 September until Thursday 22 September 2022 at the University of Leuven (Belgium). The general theme of the colloquium is: 

Blind spots in the history of linguistic thought: 

Forgotten or neglected voices, areas, approaches and methods. 

In addition, papers are invited on any topic in the History of Linguistics and Linguistic Ideas and Practices. We also welcome proposals for panel discussions or thematic sessions.

Paper should be 20 minutes in length (+ 10 minutes of discussion). Proposals should be submitted to Luz Van den Bruel (luz.vandenbruel@kuleuven.be) by 31 March 2022 and should contain the following information: Name, institutional affiliation (if any), email address, and abstract (max. 250 words). 

In addition, proposals for panels should include a 100-word statement from the panel organizer(s) giving the rationale for the panel.

Notification of acceptance will be made by 31 May 2022.

For further information about the Society, details of the Martin Burr travel bursary for graduate students and early career scholars, and updates on the colloquium, please visit the Henry Sweet Society website: http://www.henrysweet.org

For other inquiries, please contact the organizers:

Toon van Hal (toon.vanhal@kuleuven.be)

Floris Solleveld (floris.solleveld@kuleuven.be)

The University of Leuven is easily accessible by train (30 minutes from Brussels South, Eurostar terminus) and plane (15 minutes from Brussels Airport). We encourage that delegates travel by train when feasible. Also, we kindly invite you to distribute this call further within your network.

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