29.3018, Books: René de Saussure and the theory of word formation: Anderson, Saussure (eds.)

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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:22:07
From: Sebastian Nordhoff [Sebastian.Nordhoff at langsci-press.org]
Subject: René de Saussure and the theory of word formation: Anderson, Saussure (eds.)

 


Title: René de Saussure and the theory of word formation 
Series Title: Classics in Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Language Science Press
	   http://langsci-press.org
	

Book URL: http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/199 


Editor: Stephen R. Anderson
Editor: Louis de Saussure

Electronic: ISBN:  9783961100965 Pages: 259 Price: Europe EURO 0 Comment: Open Access


Abstract:

This volume presents two works elaborating a general theory of words and their
structure written by René de Saussure, younger brother of Ferdinand de
Saussure. Although originating in René de Saussure's concerns for the
structure of Esperanto, these essays are clearly intended to articulate a
general account of word formation in natural language. They appear here in the
French original with facing English translations, accompanied by some remarks
on René de Saussure's life and followed by essays on the Esperantist
background of his analysis (by Marc van Oostendorp), the contemporary
relevance of his morphological theory (by Stephen Anderson), and the semantic
theory of words underlying his analysis (by Louis de Saussure). These two
works have remained essentially unknown to the community of scholars in
general linguistics since their publication in 1911 and 1919, respectively,
although Esperantists have been aware of them. They develop in quite explicit
form a theory of what would later be called morphemic analysis, based
primarily on data from French (with some material from German and English, as
well as occasional examples from other Indo-European languages). In its
fundamental aspect, René's view of word formation differed significantly from
that of his brother, who saw the structure of complex words as revealed not
through their decomposition into smaller "atomic" units but rather in the
relations between words, relations which could be presented in analogical form
and which anticipate rule-based theories of morphological structure. The
contrast between the two brothers' views thus anticipates basic issues in
current theorizing about word structure.
 



Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
                     Morphology


Written In: English  (eng)

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