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Elexi
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 Message 17 of 23
14 May 2015 at 11:14am | IP Logged 
The flip side of the coin to Chomsky are the ordinary language theorists and their
developments in semantics, pragmatics and socio-linguistics.

JL Austin's How to Do Things With Words and John Searle's Speech Acts are the heavier
texts but Geoffrey Leech's The Principles of Pragmatics condenses much of the theory and
research for the non-specialist.



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 Message 18 of 23
15 May 2015 at 2:47pm | IP Logged 
Henkkles wrote:
Lyle Campbell - Introduction to Historical Linguistics


The Campbell book is excellent! Of course, it only covers comparative and historical
linguistics, but this is the interesting part of linguistics, yes?
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Henkkles
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19 May 2015 at 2:34pm | IP Logged 
Longinus wrote:
Henkkles wrote:
Lyle Campbell - Introduction to Historical
Linguistics


The Campbell book is excellent! Of course, it only covers comparative and historical
linguistics, but this is the interesting part of linguistics, yes?

My favorite part of linguistics in fact.
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19 May 2015 at 10:12pm | IP Logged 
Retinend wrote:
Sorry Kanewai, but however useful Post-Structuralist "philosophy" may
be to literary critics or feminists, it is emphatically of no use whatsoever to people
interested in understanding what language is.

I didn't say that I liked them! (I don't. At all) - but they're part of the
dialogue, so it's good to know that they're out there.
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20 May 2015 at 5:44pm | IP Logged 
One of the most striking books about language, knowledge and philosophy is Wittgenstein's Philosophische Untersuchungen. It should be read in conjunction with his Tractatus logico-philosophicus to fully make sense of the issues raised in it.

While revelatory in the history of Western thought, it is noteworthy that some of his descriptions had been provided millennia earlier in Indian philosophy, that great repository of the tallest peaks mankind has reached in logic and epistemology.
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 Message 22 of 23
20 May 2015 at 5:59pm | IP Logged 
Although I don't think he counts as internationally influential, Claude Hagège is the leading contemporary linguist in France. I don't know if any of his books have been translated to English, but if you read French, then any of these are quite interesting:

L'Enfant aux deux langues, Éditions Odile Jacob, 1996
Le Français, histoire d'un combat, 1996
L'Homme de paroles : contribution linguistique aux sciences humaines, Fayard, 1996
Halte à la mort des langues, Éditions Odile Jacob, 2001
Combat pour le français : au nom de la diversité des langues et des cultures, Éditions Odile Jacob, 2006
Dictionnaire amoureux des langues, Éditions Plon-Odile Jacob, 2009
Contre la pensée unique, Éditions Odile Jacob, 2012

He has his own website where you can find more information.
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 Message 23 of 23
20 May 2015 at 6:14pm | IP Logged 
As far as influential authors are concerned, one would probably want to read Grimm and Verner. I like it more practical, Hans Krahe's "Germanische Sprachwissenschaft" is an essential source I wouldn't want to miss.


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