Progress in Language : With special reference to English. New edition.

By: Jespersen, OttoContributor(s): McCawley, James DSeries: Amsterdam Classics in Linguistics, 1800–1925Publisher: Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1993Copyright date: ©1993Description: 1 online resource (400 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9789027277169Subject(s): Historical linguistics.;English language -- Grammar, HistoricalGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Progress in Language : With special reference to English. New editionDDC classification: 417/.7 LOC classification: P140 -- .J46 1993ebOnline resources: Click to View
Contents:
PROGRESS IN LANGUAGE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ENGLISH -- Editorial page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Table of contents -- FOREWORD -- INTRODUCTION -- REFERENCES -- SELECT BIBLIORAPHY OF JESPERSEN'S WRITINGS -- PROGRESS IN LANGUAGE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ENGLISH -- PREFACE. -- CONTRACTIONS -- TABLE OF CONTENTS -- CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION. -- CHAPTER II. ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGES. -- CHAPTER III. PRIMITIVE GRAMMAR. -- CHAPTER IV. THE HISTORY OF CHINESE AND OF WORD-ORDER. -- CHAPTER V. THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE. -- CHAPTER VI. -- I. MORPHOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- II. SYNTACTICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- I. MORPHOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- II. SYNTACTICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- CHAPTER VII. CASE-SHIFTINGS IN THE PRONOUNS. -- I. Relative Attraction. -- II. Blendings. -- III. Anacoluthia. -- IV. Influence from the Nouns. -- V. Position. -- VI. Phonetic Influences. -- CHAPTER VIII. THE ENGLISH GROUP GENITIVE. -- APPENDIX TO CHAPTER VIII. -- CHAPTER IX. ORIGIN OF LANGUAGE. -- I. METHOD. -- II. SOUNDS. -- III. GRAMMAR. -- IV. VOCABULARY. -- V. CONCLUSION. -- INDEX.
Summary: Progress in Language, first published in 1894, dates from fairly early in Otto Jespersen's (1860-1943) academic career; it already contains many of the essentials of his argument against the prevailing mode of 19th-century linguistic thought which he maintained until the end of his life. As James D.McCawley writes in the Introduction:"Much of the fascination of reading this long out-of-print classic lies in seeing its relationship to Jespersen's long and distinguished subsequent career: seeing how much importance he already attached to variation in language, how tightly his views on linguistic change were already integrated with his views on synchronic grammar, how intransigently sociolinguistic his thinking about language change was (...), and how vast a collection he had already amassed of English examples illustrating even very subtle details of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.".
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PROGRESS IN LANGUAGE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ENGLISH -- Editorial page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Table of contents -- FOREWORD -- INTRODUCTION -- REFERENCES -- SELECT BIBLIORAPHY OF JESPERSEN'S WRITINGS -- PROGRESS IN LANGUAGE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ENGLISH -- PREFACE. -- CONTRACTIONS -- TABLE OF CONTENTS -- CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION. -- CHAPTER II. ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGES. -- CHAPTER III. PRIMITIVE GRAMMAR. -- CHAPTER IV. THE HISTORY OF CHINESE AND OF WORD-ORDER. -- CHAPTER V. THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE. -- CHAPTER VI. -- I. MORPHOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- II. SYNTACTICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- I. MORPHOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- II. SYNTACTICAL CLASSIFICATION. -- CHAPTER VII. CASE-SHIFTINGS IN THE PRONOUNS. -- I. Relative Attraction. -- II. Blendings. -- III. Anacoluthia. -- IV. Influence from the Nouns. -- V. Position. -- VI. Phonetic Influences. -- CHAPTER VIII. THE ENGLISH GROUP GENITIVE. -- APPENDIX TO CHAPTER VIII. -- CHAPTER IX. ORIGIN OF LANGUAGE. -- I. METHOD. -- II. SOUNDS. -- III. GRAMMAR. -- IV. VOCABULARY. -- V. CONCLUSION. -- INDEX.

Progress in Language, first published in 1894, dates from fairly early in Otto Jespersen's (1860-1943) academic career; it already contains many of the essentials of his argument against the prevailing mode of 19th-century linguistic thought which he maintained until the end of his life. As James D.McCawley writes in the Introduction:"Much of the fascination of reading this long out-of-print classic lies in seeing its relationship to Jespersen's long and distinguished subsequent career: seeing how much importance he already attached to variation in language, how tightly his views on linguistic change were already integrated with his views on synchronic grammar, how intransigently sociolinguistic his thinking about language change was (...), and how vast a collection he had already amassed of English examples illustrating even very subtle details of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.".

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