- Georg von der Gabelentz and the rise of general linguistics
- Book title
- Ontheven aan de tijd: linguïstisch-historische studies voor Jan Noordegraaf bij zijn zestigste verjaardag
- Pages (from-to)
- Amsterdam/Münster: Stichting Neerlandistiek VU/Nodus Publikationen
- Uitgaven / Stichting Neerlandistiek VU Amsterdam
- Volume | Edition (Serie)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
Georg von der Gabelentz (1840-1893) wrote one of the first extensive introductions to General Linguistics: Die Sprachwissenschaft, ihre Aufgaben, Methoden und bisherigen Ergebnisse (1891, 19012). Although this book contains many surprisingly modern insights, it was never very influential, partly because it adopted a Humboldtian conceptual framework, which was soon to disappear from mainstream linguistics.
The idea, however, that the book’s lack of success was, partly at least, due to a lack of coherence by combining, on the one hand, a natural science-like data-orientation and inductivism, and, on the other, an orientation toward the humanities, seems unfounded.
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