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New PDF release: 200 Years of Syntax: A critical survey

By Giorgio Graffi

ISBN-10: 9027245878

ISBN-13: 9789027245878

This e-book argues convincingly opposed to the common opinion that only a few syntactic experiences have been performed earlier than the Nineteen Fifties. hoping on the distinct research of a big quantity of unique resources, it indicates that syntactic issues have been in truth conscientiously investigated all through either the nineteenth century and through the 1st half the 20 th century. additionally, it illustrates how the large improvement of syntactic study within the final fifty years has already condemned even numerous fresh rules and analyses to oblivion, and deeply encouraged present study courses. The wealth of study undertaken over the past centuries is gifted the following in a scientific manner, taking as its start line the connection of syntax with psychology all through this era. The severe principles expressed within the textual content are according to a close representation of the several syntactic versions and analyses instead of at the polemics among the several faculties.

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19). Phi­ losophy of language has therefore to investigate the development of the "idea of language" in its essential moments. These are: 1) "the domain of general­ ity": language as an organ of the human spirit. 3). 17 Cf. Bumann (1965:1-2). Bumann's book is especially useful as a source of information about Steinthal's life and thought. 18 On the contacts between Steinthal and Heyse, see Bumann (1965:6; 20-21). Heyse always stated that he autonomously worked out his linguistic theories even if he explicitly admitted that his philosophical formation was "entirely dependent on Hegel"; cf.

They insisted on the characteristic of the verb as vox significans affirmationem, and they ex­ plicitly argued against some earlier definitions which were of a more morpho­ logically-oriented or more semantically-oriented nature: the verb as vox significans cum tempore (Aristotle), the verb as vox flexilis cum tempore et persona (Buxtorf), the verb as 'signifying actions or passions', the verb as 'signifying elapsing things' (Scaliger); cf. Arnauld & Lancelot (1676[1660]:94-104). PortRoyal grammarians, however, took two further steps.

Steinthal was nonetheless the first to build a psycholinguistic system based on Herbart's theories, as Seidel himself acknowledges. 16 Funke (1927:part II) groups together Humboldt, Steinthal and Wundt as representatives of the same approach to psychology. 2). It attests an attitude that, being adverse to any 'representa- THE RISE AND FALL OF 'PSYCHOLOGISTIC' SYNTAX 33 I now turn to the scholars who, directly or indirectly, provided Steinthal with the elements for accomplishing his 'original synthesis'.

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