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 rules are nonetheless crucial this day. For structuralists a language is a self-contained and tightly organised process whose background is of adjustments from one kingdom of the approach to a different. this concept has its beginning within the 19th century and used to be constructed within the 20th via Saussure and his fans, together with the college of Bloomfield within the usa. in the course of the paintings of Chomsky, in particular, it really is nonetheless very influential. Matthews examines the beginnings of structuralism and analyses the very important function performed in it by way of the learn of sound structures and the issues of ways structures switch. He discusses theories of the general constitution of a language, the 'Chomskyan revolution' within the Fifties, and the structuralist theories of meaning.

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