Toward a History of American Linguistics

By E.F.K. Koerner

© 2002 – Routledge

326 pages

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About the Book

Beginning with the anthropological linguistic tradition associated primarily with the names of Franz Boas, Edward Sapir and their students and concluding with the work of Noam Chomsky and William Labov at the end of the century. This book offers a comprehensive account of essential periods and areas of research in the history of American Linguistics and also addresses contemporary debates and issues within linguistics.

Topics covered include:

* The sources of the 'Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis'

* Leonard Bloomfield and the Cours de linguistique générale

* The 'Chomskyan Revolution' and its Historiography

* The Origins of Morphophonemics in American Linguistics

*William Labov and the Origins of Sociolinguistics in America.

Toward a History of American Linguistics will be invaluable reading for academics and advanced students within the fields of linguistics and the history of linguistics.


'Koerner's various essays assemble a considerable record of historiographic scholarship on American linguistics by American linguists. There are analytic gems as well as bibliographic detail' - Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

' … readers will find many useful and informative comments to which no doubt they will wish to refer in future … Koerner makes good use here of modern studiesm and makes helpful comments on the history of so-called 'missionary linguistics', and on many figures who still deserve to be studied in greater detail … ' - Linguistics

'This book is informative and suggestive in many ways.' - The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Linguistics

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Subject Categories

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