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Women, Language and Linguistics: Three American Stories from the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Women, Language and Linguistics: Three American Stories from the First Half of the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Julia S. Falk
December 24, 2014

Rather than the standard American story of an increasingly triumphant march of scientific inquiry towards structural phonology, Women, Language and Linguistics reveals linguistics where its purpose was communication; the appeal of languages lay in their diversity; and the authority of language lay...

Ethnocentrism and the English Dictionary

Ethnocentrism and the English Dictionary

1st Edition

Phil Benson
April 10, 2014

This unique work challenges the assumption that dictionaries act as objective records of our language, and instead argues that the English dictionary is a fundamentally ethnocentric work. Using theoretical, historical and empirical analyses, Phil Benson shows how English dictionaries have filtered...

Linguistics and the Third Reich: Mother-tongue Fascism, Race and the Science of Language

Linguistics and the Third Reich: Mother-tongue Fascism, Race and the Science of Language

1st Edition

Christopher Hutton
April 08, 2014

This book presents an insightful account of the academic politics of the Nazi era and analyses the work of selected linguists, including Jos Trier and Leo Weisgerber. Hutton situates Nazi linguistics within the politics of Hitler's state and within the history of modern linguistics....

Vico's New Science of Ancient Signs: A Study of Sematology

Vico's New Science of Ancient Signs: A Study of Sematology

1st Edition

Jürgen Trabant
October 25, 2013

Jürgen Trabant reads the profound insights into human semiosis contained in Vico's 'sematology' as both a spirited rejection of Cartesian philosophy and an early critique of enlightened logocentricism. Sean Ward's translation makes this work available to an English-reading audience for the first...

The Battle over Spanish between 1800 and 2000: Language & Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals

The Battle over Spanish between 1800 and 2000: Language & Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals

1st Edition

Luis Gabriel-Stheeman, José del Valle
November 13, 2012

This book examines the way in which a group of key Spanish and Latin American intellectuals of the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries discussed the concept of the Spanish language. The contributors analyse the ways in which these discussions related to the construction of national identities and...

Universal Grammar in Second-Language Acquisition: A History

Universal Grammar in Second-Language Acquisition: A History

1st Edition

Margaret Thomas
September 12, 2012

From the ancient Mediterranean world to the present day, our conceptions of what is universal in language have interacted with our experiences of language learning. This book tells two stories: the story of how scholars in the west have conceived of the fact that human languages share important...

Toward a History of American Linguistics

Toward a History of American Linguistics

1st Edition

E.F.K. Koerner
December 13, 2011

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...

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