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Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949) was the most influential American linguist between William Dwight Whitney (1827-1894) and Noam Chomsky (1928-). This work collects the major critical and interpretative writings on Bloomfield's work. It shows how his legacy of theory, description and comparison was transformed in diverse ways both by his contemporaries and by later generations of linguists.
The topics include biographical and general assessments of Bloomfield, reviews of his major works, appraisals of his views on phonology, morphology and syntax, his comparative work on Indo-European and Germanic, of his pioneering work on Austronesian and of his descriptive and comparative work on Algonquian, as well as his pedagogical works on English literacy and introductory German.
The Critical Concepts of Leading Linguists series brings together research material on the most influential thinkers in the field of linguistics. The series includes texts on Noam Chomsky and Leonard Bloomfield. New editions to the series include a text on the founder of twentieth-century language science, Ferdinand de Saussure, as well as the Russian linguist, Roman Jakobson.