Due to an error during the production process, Part One and Part Two of Daniel Silverman's paper were published in two separate issues. Part One is included in the June 2012 issue of Language and Linguistics Compass (6. 330–342). Part Two can be found in the May 2012 issue (5. 296–309).
Mikołaj Kruszewski: Theory and Vision (Part One)†
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2012
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Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume 6, Issue 6, pages 330–342, June 2012
How to Cite
Silverman, D. (2012), Mikołaj Kruszewski: Theory and Vision (Part One). Language and Linguistics Compass, 6: 330–342. doi: 10.1002/lnc3.336
- Issue published online: 28 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2012
Although it prefigures many advances in linguistic theory, the scholarship of nineteenth century scholar Mikołaj Kruszewski is today largely forgotten. In these papers I hope to partially rectify this situation by introducing Kruszewski’s insights to modern discourse on phonology. In addition to a detailed summary of Kruszewski’s major work, An Outline of the Science of Language (Očerk Nauki O Jazyke) (1883), I place his work in the context of subsequent (mostly post-war) approaches to language structure. Some of Kruszewski’s major insights include (1) the arbitrary relationship between sound and meaning, (2) the non-teleological nature of the linguistic system, (3) the generative or creative character of language, (4) the connectionist organization of the lexicon, and (5) the optimality-theoretic-esque proposal that linguistic systems may be analyzed as the product of pressures and constraints in inherent conflict with one another. This, Part One of a two-part presentation, considers the first five chapters of Kruszewski’s ten-chapter book.