Studies in General Linguistics and Language Structure

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Edited and with an introduction by Anatoly Liberman
Translated by Marvin Taylor and Anatoly Liberman

N. S. Trubetzkoy (1890–1939) is generally celebrated today as the creator of the science of phonology. While his monumental Grundzüge der Phonologie was published posthumously and contains a summary of Trubetzkoy’s late views on the linguistic function of speech sounds, there has, until now, been no practical way to trace the development of his ...

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Overview

Edited and with an introduction by Anatoly Liberman
Translated by Marvin Taylor and Anatoly Liberman

N. S. Trubetzkoy (1890–1939) is generally celebrated today as the creator of the science of phonology. While his monumental Grundzüge der Phonologie was published posthumously and contains a summary of Trubetzkoy’s late views on the linguistic function of speech sounds, there has, until now, been no practical way to trace the development of his thought or to clarify the conclusions appearing in that later work. With the publication of Studies in General Linguistics and Language Structure, not only will linguists have that opportunity, but a collection of Trubetzkoy’s work will appear in English for the first time.
Translated from the French, German, and Russian originals, these articles and letters present Trubetzkoy’s work in general and on Indo-European linguistics. The correspondence reprinted here, also for the first time in English, is between Trubetzkoy and Roman Jakobson. The resulting collection offers a view of the evolution of Trubetzkoy’s ideas on phonology, the logic in laws of linguistic geography and relative chronology, and the breadth of his involvement with Caucasian phonology and the Finno-Ugric languages.
A valuable resource, this volume will make Trubetzkoy’s work available to a larger audience as it sheds light on problems that remain at the center of contemporary linguistics.

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“This book is a must for anyone interested in exploring the most basic linguistic questions through the eyes of this brilliant scholar whose work is timeless. Anatoly Liberman is to be commended for providing us with this superior volume.”—Yishai Tobin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

“This collection of Trubetzkoy’s articles and letters from widely scattered sources is an important and welcome contribution to both the history of linguistics and the advancement of current knowledge.”—Victor Friedman, University of Chicago

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Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on Transcription
Abbreviations
1 Phonological Systems Considered in Themselves and in Relation to General Language Structure 3
2 Phonology versus Phonetics 6
3 The Systematic Phonological Representation of Languages 11
4 A Theory of Phonological Oppositions 14
5 On a New Critique of the Concept of the Phoneme 22
6 Phonology and Linguistic Geography 39
7 Quantity as a Phonological Problem 44
8 The Phonological Basis of Quantity in Various Languages 50
9 How Should the Sound System of an Artificial International Language Be Structured? 60
10 On Morphonology 72
11 Thoughts on Morphonology 75
12 The Relation between the Modifier, the Modified, and the Definite 78
13 The Problem of Genetic Relations among the Great Language Families 85
14 Thoughts on the Indo-European Problem 87
15 Thoughts on the Latin a-Subjunctive 99
16 The Pronunciation of Greek [chi] in the Ninth Century A.D. 104
17 The Phonetic Evolution of Russian and the Disintegration of the Common Russian Linguistic Unity 109
18 On the Chronology of Some Common Slavic Sound Changes 129
19 On the Original Value of the Common Slavic Accents 141
20 On the Proto-Slavic Accents 152
21 On the Development of the Gutturals in the Slavic Languages 157
22 Remarks on Some Iranian Words Borrowed by the North Caucasian Languages 165
23 On the Prehistory of the East Caucasian Languages 170
24 The Universal Adoption of the Roman Alphabet: Peoples of the Caucasus 175
25 The Phonological System of Mordvin Compared with That of Russian 178
From Trubetzkoy's Letters to Roman Jakobson
Some Considerations on the History of language 183
General Phonology 186
Prosody 194
Historical Phonology 207
An Overview of the History of the Slavic Languages 211
Prehistory of Slavic Phonetics: An Overview 213
An Overview of the Phonetic History of Russian 214
Slavic (and Baltic) Accentuation and Metrics 218
Morphology 234
The Reception of Phonology 239
Contemporary Linguistics: Stray Thoughts on Old and Contemporary Scholars 253
Notes 259
Bibliography 281
Indexes 295
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