A Short History of Linguistics (Longman Linguistics Library) by R.H. Robins

By R.H. Robins

this whole revision and updating of Professor Robins' vintage textual content bargains a entire account of the historical past of linguistic notion from its ecu origins a few 2500 years in the past to the current day. It examines the self reliant improvement of linguistic technological know-how in China and Medieval Islam, and particularly in India, which used to be to have a profound influence on ecu and American linguistics from the top 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 when it comes to common eighteenth century considering and of its perceived relevance within the latter half the 20 th century to a number of features of generative grammatical concept. the ultimate part, masking the 20th century, has been rewritten and divided into new chapters, that allows you to deal successfully with the more and more divergent improvement of descriptive and theoretical linguistics that came about within the latter half this century.

Readable and authoritative, Professor Robins' advent offers a transparent and up to date evaluation of all of the significant matters within the gentle of latest scholarly debate, and may be crucial examining for undergraduate and graduate scholars of linguistics alike.

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