An Introduction to the Study of Language

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 335 pages
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This is a fac simile edition of Bloomfield's An Introduction to the Study of Language (New York 1914), with an introductory article by Joseph S. Kess.
Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949) was responsible for two classic textbooks in the field of linguistics. The earlier, reproduced here, shows some striking differences to his later views, reflecting much of the then-current thinking on language matters. As such, it represents not only an interesting commentary on the theoretical development of an extremely influential linguist, but more importantly, it is a telling document in the evolving history of the discipline and a rich source for the (psycho)linguist interested in how and why we got from where we were to where we are.
 

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Contents

THE MENTAL BASIS OF LANGUAGE
56
Interpretation of the linguistic phenomena
71
The arbitrary value of noninterjectional utterances
77
Expression of the three types of utterance
90
phonetic character
97
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY
100
semantic character
103
The sentence
110
CHAPTER VIII
259
Decrease of uniformity does not offset the increase
263
Inferences from historic conditions
265
The process of differentiation
273
Deduction of internal history from related forms
274
Interaction of dialects and languages
280
Standard languages
288
CHAPTER IX
292

CHAPTER V
120
Classification by congruence
127
Classes on a partially phonetic basis
136
Derivation and inflection
140
The semantic nature of derivation
150
semantic value
159
compound phrase
165
Material relations
171
Crossreferring constructions
178
tO Wordorder
186
CHAPTER VII
195
Change in articulation
202
Analogic change
221
Semantic change
237
The ultimate conditions of change in language
251
Character of the instruction
293
Age of the pupil
295
Equipment of the teacher
297
Drill in pronunciation
299
Method of presenting semantic material
300
Grammatical information
302
Texts 804
303
References 805
305
CHAPTER X
307
How to study linguistics
313
Relation of linguistics to other scieaces
319
Authors etc 826
327
Languages 827
328
Subjects 881
332
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