The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics

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Keith Allan
OUP Oxford, Mar 28, 2013 - 946 pages
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In this outstanding book leading scholars from around the world examine the history of linguistics from ancient origins to the present. They consider every aspect of the field from language origins to neurolinguistics, explore linguistic traditions in east and west, chronicle centuries of explanations for language structures, meanings, and usage, and look at how it has been practically applied. The book is organized in six parts. The first looks at the origins of language, the invention of writing, the nature of gesture, and sign languages. Part II examines the history of the analysis and description of sound systems. Part III considers the history of linguistics in China, Korea, Japan, India, and the Middle East, as well as the history of the study of Semitic and Afro-Asiatic. Part IV examines the history of grammar and morphology in the west from the classical world to the present. Part V surveys the history of lexicography semantics, pragmatics, and text and discourse studies. Part VI looks at the history the application of linguistics in fields that include the language classification; social and cultural theory; psychology and the brain sciences; education and translation; computational science; and the development of linguistic corpora. The book ends with a history of the philosophy of linguistics. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics makes a significant contribution to the historiography of linguistics. It will also be a valuable reference for scholars and students in linguists and related fields, including philosophy and cognitive science.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Origins and the Evolution of Language
13
2 The History of Writing as a History of Linguistics
53
3 History of the Study of Gesture
71
4 The History of Sign Language Linguistics
91
5 Orthography and the Early History of Phonetics
105
6 From IPA to Praat and Beyond
123
7 NineteenthCentury Study of Sound Change from Rask to Saussure
141
A Sketch
439
20 European Linguistics since Saussure
469
21 Functional and Cognitive Grammars
485
22 Lexicography from Earliest Times to the Present
503
23 The Logicophilosophical Tradition
537
24 Lexical Semantics from Speculative Etymology to Structuralist Semantics
555
25 Poststructuralist and Cognitive Approaches to Meaning
571
26 A Brief Sketch of the Historic Development of Pragmatics
587

8 Discoverers of the Phoneme
167
9 A History of Sound Symbolism
191
10 East Asian Linguistics
209
11 Linguistics in India
227
12 From Semitic to AfroAsiatic
259
Philosophys Legacy to Grammar
283
14 Pedagogical Grammars Before the Eighteenth Century
341
15 Vernaculars and the Idea of a Standard Language
359
16 WordBased Morphology from Aristotle to Modern WP Word and Paradigm Models
375
17 General or Universal Grammar from Plato to Chomsky
397
18 American Descriptivism Structuralism
419
27 Meaning in Texts and Contexts
613
28 Comparative Historical and Typological Linguistics since the Eighteenth Century
635
29 Language Culture and Society
655
30 Language the Mind and the Brain
675
The Intertranslatability of Languages Translation and Language Teaching
691
32 Computational Linguistics
707
33 The History of Corpus Linguistics
727
34 Philosophy of Linguistics
747
References
775
Index
897
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Keith Allan is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Monash University. His books include Linguistic Meaning (two volumes, Routledge 1986), Natural Language Semantics (Blackwell, 2001), and The Western Classical Tradition in Linguistics, Second edition (Equinox, 2010). He is co-author with Kate Burridge of Euphemism and Dysphemism (OUP, 1991) and Forbidden Words (CUP, 2006) and co-editor with K. M. Jaszczolt of the Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics (CUP, 2012).

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