The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics

ISBN : 9780199585847

Keith Allan
946 ページ
181 x 253 mm
Oxford Handbooks

In this outstanding book leading scholars from around the world examine the history of linguistics from ancient origins to the present. They consider every aspect of the field from language origins to neurolinguistics, explore linguistic traditions in east and west, chronicle centuries of explanations for language structures, meanings, and usage, and look at how it has been practically applied. The book is organized in six parts. The first looks at the origins of language, the invention of writing, the nature of gesture, and sign languages. Part II examines the history of the analysis and description of sound systems. Part III considers the history of linguistics in China, Korea, Japan, India, and the Middle East, as well as the history of the study of Semitic and Afro-Asiatic. Part IV examines the history of grammar and morphology in the west from the classical world to the present. Part V surveys the history of lexicography semantics, pragmatics, and text and discourse studies. Part VI looks at the history the application of linguistics in fields that include the language classification; social and cultural theory; psychology and the brain sciences; education and translation; computational science; and the development of linguistic corpora. The book ends with a history of the philosophy of linguistics. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics makes a significant contribution to the historiography of linguistics. It will also be a valuable reference for scholars and students in linguists and related fields, including philosophy and cognitive science.


1. The Origins and the Evolution of Language
2. The History of Writing as a History of Linguistics
3. History of the Study of Gesture
4. The History of Sign Language Linguistics
5. Orthography and the Early History of Phonetics
6. From IPA to PRAAT and Beyond
7. Nineteenth Century Study of Sound Change From Rask to Saussure
8. Discoverers of the Phoneme
9. A History of Sound Symbolism
10. East Asian Linguistics
11. Linguistics in India
12. From Semitic to Afro-Asiatic
13. From Plato to Priscian: Philosophy's legacy to grammar
14. Pedagogical Grammars Before the Eighteenth Century
15. Vernaculars and the Idea of a Standard Language
16. Word-based Morphology From Aristotle to Modern WP
17. General or Universal Grammar From Plato to Chomsky
18. American Descriptivism ('structuralism')
19. Noam Chomsky's Contribution to Linguistics: a sketch
20. European Linguistics Since Saussure
21. Functional and Cognitive Grammars
22. Lexicography From Earliest Times to the Present
23. The Logico-philosophical Tradition
24. Lexical Semantics From Speculative Etymology to Structuralist Semantics
25. Post-structuralist and Cognitive Approaches to Meaning
26. A Brief Sketch of teh Historic Developments of Pragmatics
27. Meaning in Texts and Contexts
28. Comparative, Historical, and Typological Linguistics Since the Eighteenth Century
29. Language, Culture, and Society
30. Language, The Mind, and The Brain
31. Translation: the intertranslatability of languages
translation and language teaching
32. Computational Linguistics
33. The History of Corpus Linguistics
34. Philosophy of Linguistics


Keith Allan is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Monash University. His books include Linguistic Meaning (two volumes, Routledge 1986), Natural Language Semantics (Blackwell, 2001), and The Western Classical Tradition in Linguistics, Second edition (Equinox, 2010). He is co-author with Kate Burridge of Euphemism and Dysphemism (OUP, 1991) and Forbidden Words (CUP, 2006) and co-editor with K. M. Jaszczolt of the Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics (CUP, 2012).