R.H. Robins's A Short History of Linguistics (Longman Linguistics Library) PDF

By R.H. Robins

this entire revision and updating of Professor Robins' vintage textual content deals a entire account of the background of linguistic inspiration from its eu origins a few 2500 years in the past to the current day. It examines the self reliant improvement of linguistic technology in China and Medieval Islam, and particularly in India, which was once to have a profound influence on eu and American linguistics from the tip of the eighteenth century.

The fourth version of A brief historical past of Linguistics provides a better prominence to the paintings of Wilhelm von Humboldt, end result of the lasting significance of his paintings on language relating to common eighteenth century considering and of its perceived relevance within the latter 1/2 the 20 th century to numerous elements of generative grammatical thought. the ultimate part, overlaying the 20th century, has been rewritten and divided into new chapters, so one can 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 evaluation of all of the significant concerns within the gentle of latest scholarly debate, and should be crucial examining for undergraduate and graduate scholars of linguistics alike.

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