Language and the Missionary World Map
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by Floris Solleveld
3d ago
Floris Solleveld University of Bristol Two unpublished histories of the British and Foreign Bible Society were written in the 1820s to 1830s (BFBS Archives, Cambridge University Library, GBR/0374/BFBS/BSA/E3/8/1 and E3/8/2). It is unclear to me why there were two, both by BFBS staff, written at roughly the same time; they cover much the same topics, figures, and languages and do not express notably strong or divergent views. What is clearer is why they were never published. Both manuscripts are very lengthy compilations of excerpts, transcripts, summaries, and in the case of the largest manusc ..read more
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of the language sciences – February 2024
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by Chloé Laplantine
6d ago
Dumarty, Lionel, ed. 2024. Langue idéale, langue réelle. Description et normalisation des langues classiques du IIIe s. av. J.-C. au XIIe s. de notre ère. Turnhout : Brepols. (Corpus Christianorum). 268 p. ISBN 978-2-503-60901-0 Publisher’s website Depuis la naissance de la grammaire, les premiers théoriciens de la langue se sont heurtés à un paradoxe : est-il possible de réduire la somme indéfinie des faits de langue à un ensemble fini de règles ? Ce paradoxe appelle d’autres prolongements : les travaux des grammairiens témoignent-ils tous, et tous de la même manière, du ..read more
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Making of the Humanities XI, Lund, 9–11 Oct 2024
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by The Editor
2w ago
In 2024, the eleventh conference on the history of the humanities will be hosted by the Lund Center for the History of Knowledge (LUCK), Lund University between 9 and 11 October 2024. The call for papers and panels is now open: https://www.historyofhumanities.org/upcoming-meetings/the-making-of-the-humanities-xi-lund-2024/ Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of fields, including archaeology, a ..read more
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ICHoLS 16 Thematic Workshops
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by The Editor
2w ago
The deadline for abstract submission to ICHoLS 16 is March 1, 2024.  The submission web page for ICHoLS 16 is  https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ichols16 Here is information about the open thematic workshops (see below).  Please see the attachments and send your abstract to the organizers of the workshops. 1 – Pluricentric Contributions to the Historiography of Portuguese Linguistics: In Tribute to the Scholar Maria Helena de Moura Neves (1931–2022) 2 – Orality and writing in the production of linguistic knowledge 3 – The birth of national languages mirrored by ..read more
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The 1940 BFBS Conference on African Languages
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by Floris Solleveld
1M ago
Floris Solleveld University of Bristol On 28 May 1940, a group of 33 people met at the British and Foreign Bible Society headquarters (‘Bible House’) in London for a conference on African languages. The evacuation at Dunkirk was under way; the sea was full of U-boats; on the morning of the conference, the news arrived of the Belgian capitulation. What better moment to discuss the state of Biblical translation on the African continent? The conference report contrasted the shared sentiment that “lights were going out one by one in Europe” with the “unquenchable optimism” of those present, “a ban ..read more
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of the language sciences – December 2023
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by Chloé Laplantine
2M ago
Garrett, Andrew. 2023. The Unnaming of Kroeber Hall. Language, Memory, and Indigenous California. Cambridge: MIT Press. 472 p. ISBN 9780262547093 Publisher’s website In January 2021, at a time when many institutions were reevaluating fraught histories, the University of California removed anthropologist and linguist Alfred Kroeber’s name from a building on its Berkeley campus. Critics accused Kroeber of racist and dehumanizing practices that harmed Indigenous people; university leaders repudiated his values. In The Unnaming of Kroeber Hall, Andrew Garrett examines Kroeber’s work in the early ..read more
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Podcast housekeeping December 2023
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by James McElvenny
3M ago
In this brief audio clip, we provide an update on what’s been happening with the podcast – and what’s coming up. Download | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts McElvenny, James. 2024. A History of Modern Linguistics: From the Beginnings to World War II. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Entry in the Edinburgh University Press catalogue ..read more
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of the language sciences – November 2023
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by Chloé Laplantine
3M ago
Tourette, Eric, ed. 2023. Les idées linguistiques des moralistes. Paris: Honoré Champion (Moralia). 200 p. ISBN 9782745360120 Publisher’s website Observer comment vivent les hommes implique d’observer comment ils parlent : il était sans doute inévitable que l’analyse morale se tournât vers les questions linguistiques. Les moralistes ne sont-ils pas confrontés à l’usage, au même titre que les grammairiens ? Et les uns comme les autres ne posent-ils pas fatalement la question de la légitimité des normes ? De fait, il suffit de parcourir les œuvres respectives de Pascal, de La Bruyère, de La Roc ..read more
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Recent publications in the history and philosophy of the language sciences – October 2023
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by Chloé Laplantine
4M ago
Dagostino, Carmen, Marianne Mithun & Keren Rice. 2023. The Languages and Linguistics of Indigenous North America: A Comprehensive Guide, Vol 1. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. 767 p. ISBN 9783110597981. Publisher’s website This handbook provides broad coverage of the languages indigenous to North America, with special focus on typologically interesting features and areal characteristics, surveys of current work, and topics of particular importance to communities. The volume is divided into two major parts: subfields of linguistics and family sketches. The subfields include those t ..read more
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Review of: Cassiodorus. Institutiones humanarum litterarum. Textus Φ Δ.
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences
by Chloé Laplantine
4M ago
Review of Morresi, Ilaria, ed. 2022. Cassiodorus. Institutiones humanarum litterarum. Textus Φ Δ. Turnhout: Brepols (Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina, 99A). 512 p. ISBN 978-2-503-59589-4. Publisher’s website Anne Grondeux Université Paris Cité and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, CNRS, Laboratoire d’histoire des théories linguistiques, F-75013 Paris, France The Institutiones by Cassiodorus († c. 580) is a major work for the diffusion of knowledge in the medieval West (on Cassiodorus, one can learn much from the excellent chapter by Maïeul Cappuyns in Baudrillard 1949, and from the noteworthy s ..read more
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