Philosophy of linguistics

Geoffrey Pullum

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Linguistics in 1945 was a modest discipline, with much to be modest about.1 Very few universities had linguistics departments; the profession was tiny. The history of American linguistics (on which this brief chapter concentrates, because it has been the main focus of philosophical interest) goes back barely a hundred years. Its foundational documents include the Handbook of American Indian Languages (Boas 1911), a posthumously reconstructed lecture course by Ferdinand de Saussure(1916), and Leonard Bloomfield’s general survey of the field Language (1933).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1945-2015
EditorsIain Thomson, Kelly.M. Becker
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2019


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