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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 Linguisticsmakes 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.
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).
Table of Contents
1. The Origins and the Evolution of Language, Salikoko S. Mufwene 2. The History of Writing as a History of Linguistics, Peter T. Daniels 3. History of the Study of Gesture, Adam Kendon 4. The History of Sign Language Linguistics, Bencie Woll 5. Orthography and the Early History of Phonetics, Michael K. C. MacMahon 6. From IPA to PRAAT and Beyond, Deborah Loakes 7. Nineteenth Century Study of Sound Change From Rask to Saussure, Kate Burridge 8. Discoverers of the Phoneme, harry van der Hulst 9. A History of Sound Symbolism, Magaret Magnus 10. East Asian Linguistics, Karen Steffen Chung 11. Linguistics in India, Peter M. Scharf 12. From Semitic to Afro-Asiatic, Edward Lipinski 13. From Plato to Priscian: Philosophy's legacy to grammar, Catherine Atherton and David Blank 14. Pedagogical Grammars Before the Eighteenth Century, Anneli Luhtala 15. Vernaculars and the Idea of a Standard Language, Andrew Linn 16. Word-based Morphology From Aristotle to Modern WP, James P. Blevins 17. General or Universal Grammar From Plato to Chomsky, Jaap Maat 18. American Descriptivism ('structuralism'), James P. Blevins 19. Noam Chomsky's Contribution to Linguistics: a sketch, Robert Freidin 20. European Linguistics Since Saussure, Giorgio Graffi 21. Functional and Cognitive Grammars, Anna Siewierska 22. Lexicography From Earliest Times to the Present, Patrick Hanks 23. The Logico-philosophical Tradition, Pieter A. M. Seuren 24. Lexical Semantics From Speculative Etymology to Structuralist Semantics, Dirk Geeraerts 25. Post-structuralist and Cognitive Approaches to Meaning, Dirk Geeraerts 26. A Brief Sketch of teh Historic Developments of Pragmatics, jacob L. Mey 27. Meaning in Texts and Contexts, Linda R. Waugh and Jose Aldemar Alvarez Valencia, with Tom Hong Do, Kristen Michelson, and M'Balia Thomas 28. Comparative, Historical, and Typological Linguistics Since the Eighteenth Century, Kurt R. Jankowsky 29. Language, Culture, and Society, Ana Deumert 30. Language, The Mind, and The Brain, Alan Garnham 31. Translation: the intertranslatability of languages; translation and language teaching, Kirsten Malmkjaer 32. Computational Linguistics, Graeme Hirst 33. The History of Corpus Linguistics, Tony McEnery and Andrew hardie 34. Philosophy of Linguistics, Esa Itkonen References Index