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Humboldt: 'On Language' : On the Diversity of Human Language Construction and its Influence on the Mental Development of the Human Species - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Humboldt: 'On Language'

On the Diversity of Human Language Construction and its Influence on the Mental Development of the Human Species

By: Wilhelm von Humboldt, Michael Losonsky (Editor), Peter Heath (Translator)

Paperback Published: 7th February 2000
ISBN: 9780521667722
Number Of Pages: 344

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Wilhelm von Humboldt's classic study of human language was first published in 1836, as a general introduction to his three-volume treatise on the Kawi language of Java. It is the final statement of his lifelong study of the nature of language, exploring its universal structures and its relation to mind and culture. Empirically wide-ranging - Humboldt goes far beyond the Indo-European family of languages - it remains one of the most interesting and important attempts to draw philosophical conclusions from comparative linguistics. This volume presents a translation by Peter Heath, together with an introduction by Michael Losonsky that places Humboldt's work in its historical context and discusses its relevance to contemporary work in philosophy, linguistics, cognitive science, and psychology.

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"The editor's introduction contains a fine summary of Humboldt'd career." Notes on Linguistics

Distribution and cultural connection of the Malayan races
General consideration of the course of man's development
The same, continued
Effects of exceptional mental power
Conjoint action of individuals and nations
The same, continued
Transition to closer consideration of language
Form of languages
Nature and constitution of languages as such
Sound-system of languages
Inner linguistic form
Combination of sound with inner linguistic form
The procedure of language more fully explained
Isolation, inflection and agglutination of words
Verbal unity more closely examined
Incorporative system of languages
Congruence of sound-forms in languages with grammatical requirements
Main division of languages, according to the purity of their formative principle
Character of languages
Power of languages to evolve felicitously from one to another
Retrospect on the course of the inquiry so far
Nature and origin of less perfect language-structure
The Chinese language
Whether the polysyllabic language-structure has evolved from the monosyllabic
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ISBN: 9780521667722
ISBN-10: 0521667720
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 7th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.29  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised