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The Latin-Portuguese grammarian Manuel Álvares (1526-1583) and his De institvtione grammatica libri tres

Rolf Kemmler University of TrĂĄs-os-Montes e Alto Douro A little more than 440 years ago, in September 1572, the Portuguese typographer JoĂŁo da Barreira printed the first edition of a quite elaborate grammar of the Latin language. Little did the

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Posted in 16th century, Article, Europe, Grammars, History, Portugal

SHLP4 Call for Papers

Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific SHLP4 The fourth biennial conference of the Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific will take place in Alice Springs, Australia, 22-23 September 2014. Papers on any aspect of

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Posted in Announcements, Conferences and workshops

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

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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Posted in 19th century, 20th century, America, Article, Europe, History, Linguistics, Structuralism

Historical Chinese phonology as a meeting ground for the Indian, the Chinese, and the Western linguistic tradition

Lei Zhu Shanghai International Studies University The speech sound, being the most important medium between our physical body and linguistic mind, is one of human beings’ oldest objects of study. In different cultures, it has been understood in different ways,

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Posted in Article, China, Europe, History, India, Linguistics, Phonology

Rethinking the history of the Aryan paradigm

Christopher Hutton University of Hong Kong My involvement with this topic began when I observed that the notion of a superior ‘Aryan race’, which functions in the English-speaking world as a near-universal shorthand for Nazi ideology, has no clear counterpart

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