Language and History

Integrationist Perspectives

Edited by Nigel Love

© 2004 – Routledge

256 pages

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About the Book

When linguistics was first established as an academic discipline in the nineteenth century, it was envisaged as an essentially historical study. Languages were to be treated as historical objects, evolving through gradual but constant processes of change over long periods of time. In recent years, however, there has been much discussion by historians of a 'linguistic turn' in their own discipline, and, in linguistics, integrationist theory has mounted a radical challenge to the traditional notion of 'languages' as possible objects of inquiry.

Language and History develops the integrationist critique of orthodox linguistics, while at the same time extending its implications to the field of history. By doing so, it throws light on what is now recognized by many historians to be a 'crisis' in their own discipline. Underlying the post-modernist scepticism about traditional forms of historiography, the integrationist approach reveals a more deep-seated problem concerning the interface between philosophy of history and philosophy of language. With chapters from a range of leading international contributors, Language and History represents a significant contribution to the developing work of the integrationists.

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface 1. Language, history and Language and History 2. The end of linear narrative? Reflections on the historiography of English 3. History and comparative philology 4. Word-stories: etymology as history 5. Language: object or event? The integration of language and life 6. Indeterminacy of meaning and semantic change 7. On the cusp: Antoine Meillet as a sociologist of language 8. ‘The grammatical being called a nation’: history and the construction of political and linguistic nationalism 9. How to make history with words 10. Talking about what happened 11. Part of the meaning/history of euro: integrational corpus linguistics 12. Language and prehistory 13. Bridges to history: biomechanical constraints in language

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory

Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory presents an integrationist approach to problems of language and communication. Integrationism has emerged in recent years as a radically innovative theoretical position. It challenges the most basic assumptions underlying orthodox twentieth-century linguistics, including those taken for granted by leading structuralists, post-structuralists and generativists. According to integrationists, human communication is an essentially creative enterprise: it relies very little on the 'codes', 'systems', 'habits' and 'rules' postulated by orthodox theorists. Instead, integrationists see the communicative life of each individual as part of a continuous attempt to integrate the present with the past and the future. The success of this attempt depends crucially on the ability to contextualise on-going events rather than on any mastery of established conventions.
The books in this series are aimed at a multidisciplinary readership comprising those engaged in study, teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, the arts, education, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy and psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General