A Short History of Structural Linguistics

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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.
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"Matthews's survey has a clarity and conciseness that is rare in works on liguistics, and it is carefully argued and well organized...Bound to become the standard resource on the subject." CHOICE Nov 2001
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521623674
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Languages 5
3 Sound systems 31
4 Diachrony 52
5 The architecture of a language system 74
6 Internalised language 96
7 Structural semantics 118
8 Structuralism in 2000 142
References 154
Index 160
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