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Christian Karl Reisig as an upholder of philosophical linguistics in 19th century Germany

Jacques François UniversitĂ© de Caen & CNRS In his introduction (p.6-18) to the Vorlesungen ĂŒber lateinische Sprachwissenschaft (Lectures on Latin Linguistics, 1839), Christian Karl Reisig offered a philosophically grounded account of the epistemology of language as a Prinzipienwissenschaft (“Science of

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Posted in 19th century, Article, Europe, Germany, History, Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics

Language and smell: traces of synesthesia in premodern learning

Raf Van Rooy PhD fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) University of Leuven It is well known that, in present-day English, the verb ‘smell’ can obtain a negative connotation when used intransitively; the adjective derived from it, ‘smelly’,

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No beetle? Wittgenstein’s ‘grammatical illusions’ and Dalabon emotion metaphors

Maïa Ponsonnet Australian National University and Dynamique du Langage (CNRS/Université Lyon 2) Apart from a few fruitful but pointed encounters, linguistics and philosophy of language often talk past each other. In this post, I try and establish a dialogue between

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Posted in Article, Australia, Linguistics, Philosophy, Semantics

Der Artikel ist keine ‘Wortart’! Zur synthetischen Grammatik von Sekiguchi

Kennosuke Ezawa Ost-West-Gesellschaft fĂŒr Sprach- und Kulturforschung, Berlin Die Linguistik war lange nicht zur Erkenntnis dessen gekommen, was durch den Artikel geschieht, wenn er verwendet wird. „Allheit“ ist bekanntlich ein Inhalt, der im Deutschen mit dem sogenannten bestimmten Artikel realisiert

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Do linguists measure anything?

Nick Riemer University of Sydney and Laboratoire d’histoire des thĂ©ories linguistiques, UniversitĂ© Paris-Diderot Few questions in linguistics can be as hoary, fundamental or, perhaps, as unsatisfactorily handled, as that of the discipline’s empirical status – a question typically presented as

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Analyses du fonctionnement sĂ©mantico-rĂ©fĂ©rentiel du nom propre dans l’Inde ancienne

Émilie Aussant Laboratoire d’histoire des thĂ©ories linguistiques (CNRS) – UniversitĂ© Paris Diderot Introduction La question du « sens » des noms propres a suscitĂ©, aussi bien en Occident qu’en Inde, de nombreuses rĂ©flexions. Si les dĂ©bats ont longtemps concernĂ©, en Occident, la

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Posted in Article, History, India, Linguistics, Semantics

The notion of stereotype in language study

Elena L. Vilinbakhova St. Petersburg State University 1. Introduction Originally, the word stereotype derives from two Ancient Greek roots: στΔρΔός ‘solid’ and Ï„ÏÏ€ÎżÏ‚ ‘impression’. It was first used by the French printer Firmin Didot in 1796 as a typographical term. Later,

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On the history of the question of whether natural language is “illogical”

Barbara H Partee University of Massachusetts Amherst There have been centuries of study of logic and of language. Some philosophers and logicians have argued that natural language is logically deficient, or even that “natural language has no logic”. And before

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Posted in 20th century, Article, History, Linguistics, Logical form, Semantics