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By Peter Matthews

ISBN-10: 0521623677

ISBN-13: 9780521623674

ISBN-10: 0521625688

ISBN-13: 9780521625685

This concise background of structural linguistics charts its improvement from the 1870s to the current day. It explains what structuralism used to be and why its principles are nonetheless vital this present day. For structuralists a language is a self-contained and tightly organised procedure whose historical past is of adjustments from one kingdom of the method to a different. this concept has its foundation within the 19th century and used to be constructed within the 20th by means of Saussure and his fans, together with the college of Bloomfield within the usa. in the course of the paintings of Chomsky, specifically, it truly is nonetheless very influential. Matthews examines the beginnings of structuralism and analyses the important function performed in it via the research of sound platforms and the issues of ways platforms swap. He discusses theories of the final constitution of a language, the 'Chomskyan revolution' within the Nineteen Fifties, and the structuralist theories of meaning.

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