Download e-book for kindle: A Short History of Linguistics (Longman Linguistics Library) by R.H. Robins

By R.H. Robins

this entire revision and updating of Professor Robins' vintage textual content deals a accomplished account of the heritage of linguistic suggestion from its ecu origins a few 2500 years in the past to the current day. It examines the self sufficient improvement of linguistic technological know-how in China and Medieval Islam, and particularly in India, which was once to have a profound impact on eu and American linguistics from the tip of the eighteenth century.

The fourth version of A brief heritage of Linguistics supplies a better prominence to the paintings of Wilhelm von Humboldt, a result of lasting significance of his paintings on language in terms of basic eighteenth century pondering and of its perceived relevance within the latter 1/2 the 20th century to a number of points of generative grammatical thought. the ultimate part, overlaying the 20 th century, has been rewritten and divided into new chapters, so that it will deal successfully with the more and more divergent improvement of descriptive and theoretical linguistics that came about within the latter 1/2 this century.

Readable and authoritative, Professor Robins' creation presents a transparent and updated assessment of all of the significant concerns within the gentle of up to date scholarly debate, and may be crucial analyzing for undergraduate and graduate scholars of linguistics alike.

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