• The fate of form in the Humboldtian tradition: The Formungstrieb of Georg von der Gabelentz

    Author(s):
    James McElvenny (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    History of Linguistics and Language Study, Linguistics
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Gabelentz, Humboldt, Steinthal
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6TC24
    Abstract:
    The multifaceted concept of ‘form’ plays a central tole in the linguistic work of Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835), where it is deeply entwined with aesthetic questions. H. Steinthal’s (1823–1899) interpretation of linguistic form, however, made it the servant of psychology. The Formungstrieb (drive to formation) of Georg von der Gabelentz (1840–1893) challenged Steinthal’s conception and placed a renewed emphasis on aesthetics. In this endeavour, Gabelentz drew on the work of such figures as August Friedrich Pott (1802–1887), Hans Conon von der Gabelentz (1807–1874) and William Dwight Whitney (1827–1894). In this paper, we examine Gabelentz’ Formungstrieb and place it in its historical context.
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