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Examining material aspects of manuscripts. Part II: Bindings and provenance

Anna Pytlowany University of Amsterdam This is Part II of a series. Part I is here. At first glance, the history of Dutch East India Company (VOC) linguistics is simply a history of texts. Published or not, edited, translated, or

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Posted in 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Article, Europe, Linguistics, Netherlands

El Sermonario de fray Bernardino de SahagĂşn y los fondos en lenguas indĂ­genas de la Biblioteca Nacional de MĂ©xico

Pilar Máynez Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Sobre el repositorio que resguarda la versión tardía del Sermonario de los Sanctos del año en lengua mexicana La Biblioteca Nacional de México fue oficialmente inaugurada el 2 de abril de 1884 en

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Posted in 15th century, 16th century, America, Article, Europe, History, Linguistics

Linguists choosing the wrong side: Jacob van Ginneken and other alleged Nazi collaborators

Toon Van Hal University of Leuven Unlike the other posts to this blog, the present post is not intended as a contribution to learning. Its sole ambition is to open a discussion on a rather sensitive topic (which is not

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Posted in 20th century, Article, History, Linguistics

Early writing and printing in the Philippines

Rebeca Ferndández Rodríguez Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Printing and publishing began in the Philippines with the arrival of the Spanish in 1565. Encountering an enormous number of native languages, the Spaniards felt a pressing need to describe the

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Posted in 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, Article, History, Philippines

Otto Jespersen and progress in international language

James McElvenny University of Sydney When it comes to expressing the ideas of our own day, the deficiencies of classical Latin appear with ruthless clarity: telephones and motor-cars and wireless have no room in Ciceronian Latin, and it will be

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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, Article, History, Linguistics

Greetings from the Orient: H.W. Ludolf as a central figure in 17th-cent. language study

Han Lamers (Leiden) & Toon Van Hal (Leuven) Leiden University and University of Leuven This post takes the reader to Ottoman Smyrna (Izmir in present-day Turkey) and Constantinople (now Istanbul) about 1700 A.D. Almost 250 years before, the Eastern-Roman, or

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Posted in 17th century, Anatolia, Article, Germany, History

Gabelentz — Grammatiker einer Sprache ohne Grammatik

Kennosuke Ezawa Ost-West-Gesellschaft für Sprach- und Kulturforschung e. V., Berlin In der Wissenschaft gilt ein Modell von dem Gegegenstand, der erklärt werden soll, nur solange, bis es nicht mehr taugt. Bei der so genannten Chomskyschen Revolution in der Linguistik Mitte

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Germany, History