New PDF release: A Short History of Linguistics (Longman Linguistics Library)

By R.H. Robins

this entire revision and updating of Professor Robins' vintage textual content bargains a entire account of the historical past of linguistic inspiration from its eu origins a few 2500 years in the past to the current day. It examines the self sustaining improvement of linguistic technology in China and Medieval Islam, and particularly in India, which was once to have a profound impression on eu and American linguistics from the tip of the eighteenth century.

The fourth variation of A brief historical past of Linguistics supplies a better prominence to the paintings of Wilhelm von Humboldt, due to the lasting significance of his paintings on language with regards to basic eighteenth century considering and of its perceived relevance within the latter half the 20 th century to numerous elements of generative grammatical conception. the ultimate part, masking the 20 th century, has been rewritten and divided into new chapters, in order to deal successfully with the more and more divergent improvement of descriptive and theoretical linguistics that happened within the latter half this century.

Readable and authoritative, Professor Robins' creation offers a transparent and up to date review of all of the significant concerns within the gentle of up to date scholarly debate, and should be crucial studying for undergraduate and graduate scholars of linguistics alike.





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