Download e-book for iPad: A Short History of Structural Linguistics by Peter Matthews

By Peter Matthews

This concise heritage of structural linguistics charts its improvement from the 1870s to the current day. It explains what structuralism used to be and why its rules are nonetheless critical this day. For structuralists a language is a self-contained and tightly organised approach whose historical past is of adjustments from one country of the approach to a different. this concept has its beginning within the 19th century and used to be built within the 20th by means of Saussure and his fans, together with the varsity of Bloomfield within the usa. throughout the paintings of Chomsky, specially, it's nonetheless very influential. Matthews examines the beginnings of structuralism and analyses the important function performed in it via the learn of sound structures and the issues of the way structures switch. He discusses theories of the final constitution of a language, the 'Chomskyan revolution' within the Nineteen Fifties, and the structuralist theories of meaning.

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