A Short History of Structural Linguistics

A Short History of Structural Linguistics

by Peter Matthews
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521623677

ISBN-13: 9780521623674

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"This book is a concise history of structural linguistics, charting its development from the 1870s to the present day. It explains what structuralism was and why its ideas are still central today. For structuralists a language is a self-contained and tightly organised system whose history is of changes from one state of the system to another. This idea has its origin…  See more details below

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"This book is a concise history of structural linguistics, charting its development from the 1870s to the present day. It explains what structuralism was and why its ideas are still central today. For structuralists a language is a self-contained and tightly organised system whose history is of changes from one state of the system to another. This idea has its origin in the nineteenth century and was developed in the twentieth by Saussure and his followers, including the school of Bloomfield in the United States. Through the work of Chomsky, especially, it is still very influential. Peter Matthews examines the beginnings of structuralism and analyses the vital role played in it by the study of sound systems and the problems of how systems change. He discusses theories of the overall structure of a language, the 'Chomskyan revolution' in the 1950s, and the structuralist theories of meaning."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521623674
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Languages5
3Sound systems31
4Diachrony52
5The architecture of a language system74
6Internalised language96
7Structural semantics118
8Structuralism in 2000142
References154
Index160

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