Linguistics in America 1769 - 1924
A Critical History
Routledge – 1995 – 320 pages
Series: History of Linguistic Thought
This book examnines the developments, themes, and social frameworks that determined the development of American linguistics since the founding of the American Philosophical Society in 1769 to the founding of the Linguistic Society of America in 1924.
Julie Andersen proposes that three developments capture a significant portion of American linguistics activity. These are the study of American Indian languages, the emergence of a distinctive Anglo-American `thought' which has been accompanied by the defence of American English and the influence of European linguistic theories on American scholarship. Throughout the book the idea is developed that theories of language do not transcend the language in which they are written, and metaphors and images are uncovered that are particular to the American-language linguisitc tradition.
Undergraduate and graduate students of linguistics will find this book ideal background reading. It will be particularly useful to all students of historical linguisitcs.
`Greatly to be welcomed … [an] important and attractive book … it should be on every bibliography of the history of linguistics.' - Linguistics
`A pioneering study … This pioneering study will merit, and undoubtedly receive, detailed reviews in academic journals where space is less at a premium than here. The present reviewer can only draw attention, briefly, to the importance of this study, which will be both fascinating and illuminating for historians of Western linguistics, whether in the USA or elsewhere.' - Henry Sweet Society Newsletter
`The connections between linguists and political history … are brought into sharp focus in Julie Tetel Anderson's fascinating … precise and informative work.' - Jonathon Ree, Radical Philosophy