Vivien Law's The History of Linguistics in Europe: From Plato to 1600 PDF

By Vivien Law

ISBN-10: 0521563151

ISBN-13: 9780521563154

Authoritative and wide-ranging, this publication examines the historical past of western linguistics over a 2000-year timespan, from historical Greece to the Renaissance. Vivien legislations explores how principles approximately language over the centuries have replaced to mirror evolving modes of pondering. categorized bibliographies and chapters on examine assets are incorporated. A survey bankruptcy updates the insurance to the current day.

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David Crystal, A Dictionary o f Linguistics and Phonetics, 4th edn (Oxford: Blackwell 1997). David Crystal, The Penguin Dictionary o f Language, 2nd edn (London: Penguin 1999). Geoffrey Finch, Linguistic Terms and Concepts (London: Palgrave 2000). P. H. Matthews, The Concise Oxford Dictionary o f Linguistics (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press 1997). R. L. Trask, A Student’s Dictionary o f Language and Linguistics (London: Arnold 1997). R. L. Trask, Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics (London and New York: Routledge 1999).

THEAETETUS: t h e s t r a n g t h e a e t e t u s t h e : Define each o f them. : The indication which relates to action we may call a verb. s t r a n g e r Yes. : And the vocal sign applied to those who perform the actions in question we call a noun. e a e t e t u s : Exactly. THEAETETUS: t h e t h s t r a n g e r t h : Hence discourse is never composed o f nouns alone spoken in succession, nor o f verbs spoken without nouns. e a e t e t u s : I do not understand that. E s t r a n g e r : I see; you evidently had something else in mind when you assented t h just now; for what I wished to say was just this, that verbs and nouns do not make discourse if spoken successively in this way.

But even in the earliest texts that have survived from Greece, the Homeric epics (the IIiad and the Odyssey) ofthe eighth century BC, the Greek gods are never as inexorable and overpowering as those o f the Persians and Egyptians; they may recommend a particular course o f action and punish an individual who disobeys them, but they do not compel human beings to do their will. ’1 Humans have free will; the gods are no longer all-powerful. Greek literature from the eighth to the fourth century BC depicts a gradual awakening to independence and freedom o f action.

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