On the Origin of Language: Two Essays / Edition 1

On the Origin of Language: Two Essays / Edition 1

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Johann Gottfried Herder
     
 

This volume combines Rousseau's essay on the origin of diverse languages with Herder's essay on the genesis of the faculty of speech. Rousseau's essay is important to semiotics and critical theory, as it plays a central role in Jacques Derrida's book Of Grammatology, and both essays are valuable historical and philosophical documents.See more details below

Overview

This volume combines Rousseau's essay on the origin of diverse languages with Herder's essay on the genesis of the faculty of speech. Rousseau's essay is important to semiotics and critical theory, as it plays a central role in Jacques Derrida's book Of Grammatology, and both essays are valuable historical and philosophical documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226730127
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/15/1986
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
186
Sales rank:
911,375
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.07(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

1. On the Various Means of Communicating Our Thoughts
2. That the Invention of Speech Is Due Not to Need but Passion
3. That the First Language Had To Be Figurative
4. On the Distinctive Characteristics of the First Language and the Changes It Had to Undergo
5. On Script
6. Whether It is Likely that Homer Knew How to Write
7. On Modern Prosody
8. General and Local Differences in the Origin of Languages
9. Formation of the Southern Languages
10. Formation of the Languages of the North
11. Reflections on These Differences
12. The Origin of Music and Its Relations
13. On Melody
14. On Harmony
15. That Our Most Lively Sensations Frequently Are Produced by Moral Impressions
16. False Analogy between Colors and Sounds
17. An Error of Musicians Harmful to Their Art
18. That the Greek Musical System Had No Relation to Ours
19. How Music Has Degenerated
20. Relationship of Languages to Government

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