Toward a History of American Linguistics

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Routledge, Sep 2, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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Beginning with the anthropological linguistic tradition associated primarily with the names of Franz Boas, Edward Sapir and their students and concluding with the work of Noam Chomsky and William Labov at the end of the century. This book offers a comprehensive account of essential periods and areas of research in the history of American Linguistics and also addresses contemporary debates and issues within linguistics.
Topics covered include:

* The sources of the 'Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis'
* Leonard Bloomfield and the Cours de linguistique générale
* The 'Chomskyan Revolution' and its Historiography
* The Origins of Morphophonemics in American Linguistics
*William Labov and the Origins of Sociolinguistics in America.

Toward a History of American Linguistics will be invaluable reading for academics and advanced students within the fields of linguistics and the history of linguistics.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN LINGUISTICS
1
CHAPTER 2 TOWARD A HISTORY OF AMERICANIST LINGUISTICS
17
CHAPTER 3 ON THE SOURCES OF THE SAPIRWHORF HYPOTHESIS
39
CHAPTER 4 LEONARD BLOOMFIELD AND THE COURS DE LINGUISTIQUE GÉNÉRALE
63
CHAPTER 5 AMERICAN STRUCTURALIST LINGUISTICS AND THE PROBLEM OF MEANING
75
CHAPTER 6 ON THE RISE AND FALL OF GENERATIVE SEMANTICS
105
CHAPTER 7 NOAM CHOMSKYS READINGS OF SAUSSURE AFTER 1961
131
CHAPTER 8 THE CHOMSKYAN REVOLUTION AND ITS HISTORIOGRAPHY
151
CHAPTER 9 ON THE ORIGINS OF MORPHOPHONEMICS IN AMERICAN LINGUISTICS
209
CHAPTER 10 WILLIAM LABOV AND THE ORIGINS OF SOCIOLINGUISTICS IN AMERICA
253
IN LIEU OF A CONCLUSION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS
285
INDEX OF SUBJECTS AND TERMS
303
INDEX OF BIOGRAPHICAL NAMES
309
About the author
316
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E.F.K. Koerner is on the faculty at Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Typologie und Universalienforschung, Berlin, Germany.

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