A group dedicated to the history of linguistics, language study and related fields.
The fact that “all languages evolve, as long as they exist” (Schleicher 1863: 18f) has been long known to linguists and does not surprise us anymore. The reasons why all language change constantly, however, is still not fully understood. What we know, however, is that language usage must be at the core of language evolution. It is the dynamics amo…[Read more]
Skepticism regarding the tree model has a long tradition in historical linguistics. Although scholars have emphasized that the tree model and its long-standing counterpart, the wave theory, are not necessarily incompatible, the opinion that family trees are unrealistic and should be completely abandoned in the field of historical linguistics has…[Read more]
This is a summary of 12 contributions made by me for the blog “The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks” in 2017. The contributions are shared in form of a PDF document with a table of contents that allows for a quick search of the contributions and offers also the direct links to the blog.
This is a summary of 12 contributions made by me for the blog “The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks” in 2016. The contributions are shared in form of a PDF document with a table of contents that allows for a quick search of the contributions and offers also the direct links to the blog.
The Sino-Tibetan language family is one of the world’s largest
and most prominent families, spoken by nearly 1.4 billion people.
Despite the importance of the Sino-Tibetan languages, their pre-history remains controversial, with ongoing debate about when
and where they originated. To shed light on this debate we
develop a database of c…[Read more]
Johann-Mattis List deposited An automated framework for fast cognate detection and Bayesian phylogenetic inference in computational historical linguistics in the group History of Linguistics and Language Study on Humanities Commons 2 months, 2 weeks ago
We present a fully automated workflow for phylogenetic reconstruction on large datasets, consisting of two novel methods, one for fast detection of cognates and one for fast Bayesian phylogenetic inference. Our results show that the methods take less than a few minutes to process language families that have so far required large amounts of time…[Read more]
Jesse Arlen deposited ‘Ո՞ւր են բանալիներդ’ An Innovative Method for Teaching Western Armenian in Diaspora. in the group History of Linguistics and Language Study on Humanities Commons 2 months, 3 weeks ago
On applying the language learning method “Where Are Your Keys?” (WAYK) to the teaching of Western Armenian at a community weekend school.
Johann-Mattis List deposited Towards a history of concept list compilation in historical linguistics. History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences in the group History of Linguistics and Language Study on Humanities Commons 5 months, 1 week ago
Blog post, published with the blog “History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences”. Here shared in form of a paper draft. Please cite as:
List, Johann-Mattis. 2018. Towards a history of concept list compilation in historical linguistics. History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences. http://hiphilangsci.net/2018/10/31/concept-list-compilation/
ENGLISH ABSTRACT Due to their special properties, relational adjectives (in particular when serving as classifying modifiers) have been the subject of detailed investigations in many languages, including Russian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch and German, but they are not mentioned in Danish reference grammars. The main goal of this article is to…[Read more]
This essay examines Giambattista Vico’s philology as a contribution to democratic legitimacy. I outline three steps in Vico’s account of the historical and political development of philological knowledge: first, his merger of philosophy and philology, and the effects of that merger on the relative claims of reason and authority; second, his use…[Read more]
The German sinologist and general linguist Georg von der Gabelentz (1840–1893) occupies an interesting place at the intersection of several streams of linguistic scholarship at the end of the nineteenth century. As Professor of East-Asian languages at the University of Leipzig from 1878 to 1889 and then Professor for Sinology and General L…[Read more]
Towards the end of his career, August Schleicher (1821–1868), the great consolidator of Indo-European historical-comparative linguistics in the mid-19th century, famously drew explicit parallels between linguistics and the new evolutionary theory of Darwinism. Based on this, it has become customary in linguistic historiography to refer to S…[Read more]
Matthew Scarborough deposited Thematic Bibliography of Ancient Greek Dialectology (Preliminary Version) in the group History of Linguistics and Language Study on Humanities Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
Document contains a preliminary partially annotated bibliography of key works on Ancient Greek dialectology, originally compiled in 2015.
James McElvenny deposited Linguistic Aesthetics from the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Century: The Case of Otto Jespersen’s “Progress in Language” in the group History of Linguistics and Language Study on Humanities Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
From the early nineteenth century up until the first half of the twentieth century, many leading scholars in the emerging field of linguistics were occupied with what would today be considered a kind of linguistic typology. The various classifications of languages they proposed were generally intertwined with speculation about the “racial” tra…[Read more]
C.K. Ogden (1889–1957) and I.A. Richards’ (1893–1979) The Meaning of Meaning is widely recognised as a classic text of early twentieth-century linguistic semantics and semiotics, but less well known are its links to the ‘logical atomism’ of Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), one of the foundational doctrines of analytic philosophy. In this paper a det…[Read more]
Although a relatively minor project in terms of its impact on the broader international language movement, Basic English is interesting for the elaborate semiotic theory that lies behind it. The creator of Basic, Charles Kay Ogden (1889–1957), is today remembered chiefly as co-author of The Meaning of Meaning, a book widely regarded as a classic o…[Read more]
James McElvenny deposited International Language and the Everyday: Contact and Collaboration Between C.K. Ogden, Rudolf Carnap and Otto Neurath in the group History of Linguistics and Language Study on Humanities Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
Although now largely forgotten, the international language movement was, from the 1880s to the end of the Second World War, a matter of widespread public interest, as well as a concern of numerous scientists and scholars. The primary goal was to establish a language for international communication, but in the early twentieth century an increasing…[Read more]
James McElvenny deposited Grammar, typology and the Humboldtian tradition in the work of Georg von der Gabelentz in the group History of Linguistics and Language Study on Humanities Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
A frequently mentioned if somewhat peripheral figure in the historiography of late nineteenth-century linguistics is the German sinologist and general linguist Georg von der Gabelentz (1840–1893). Today Gabelentz is chiefly remembered for several insights that proved to be productive in the development of subsequent schools and subdisciplines. I…[Read more]
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