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Prolegomena to a theory of language

Author: Louis Hjelmslev
Publisher: Baltimore : Waverly Press, 1953.
Series: Indiana University publications in anthropology and linguistics, 7.
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In 1943 the first edition of the main work of the great Danish linguist Louis Hjelmslev (1899-1965) appeared, and bore the title "Omkring Sprogteoriens Grundlæggelse". The work was translated into English as "Prolegomena to a Theory of Language" This work came to represent a breakthrough in linguistics and formed an entirely new branch of this field. The author begins by ascertaining that language is an  Read more...
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Hjelmslev, Louis, 1899-1965.
Prolegomena to a theory of language.
Baltimore : Waverly Press, 1953
(OCoLC)603215664
Online version:
Hjelmslev, Louis, 1899-1965.
Prolegomena to a theory of language.
Baltimore : Waverly Press, 1953
(OCoLC)607901624
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Hjelmslev
OCLC Number: 1281988
Notes: "Suppl. to International journal of American linguistics, vol. 19, no. 1, January 1953"--Cover.
Translation of: Omkring sprogteoriens grundlaeggelse.
Description: 92 pages ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. The study of language and the theory of language --
2. Linguistic theory and humanism --
3. Linguistic theory and empiricism --
4. Linguistic theory and induction --
5. Linguistic theory and reality --
6. The aim of linguistic theory --
7. Perspectives of linguistic theory --
8. The system of definitions --
9. Principle of the analysis --
10. Form of the analysis --
11. Functions --
12. Signs and figurae --
13. Expression and content --
14. Invariants and variants --
15. Linguistic schema and linguistic usage --
16. Variants in the linguistic schema --
17. Function and sum --
18. Syncretism --
19. Catalysis --
20. Entities of the analysis --
21. Language and non-language --
22. Connotative semiotics and metasemiotics --
23. Final perspective --
Alphabetic register of defined terms --
Definitions.
Series Title: Indiana University publications in anthropology and linguistics, 7.
Other Titles: Omkring sprogteoriens grundlaeggelse.
Responsibility: by Louis Hjelmslev ; translated by Francis J. Whitfield.

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In 1943 the first edition of the main work of the great Danish linguist Louis Hjelmslev (1899-1965) appeared, and bore the title "Omkring Sprogteoriens Grundlæggelse". The work was translated into English as "Prolegomena to a Theory of Language" This work came to represent a breakthrough in linguistics and formed an entirely new branch of this field. The author begins by ascertaining that language is an inexhaustible wealth of manifold values; language is the tool with which man moulds thought and feeling, mood, aspiring, will and action, the tool with which he influences and is influenced, the last and deepest condition of human society. Although his analysis of the forms of language employs mathematical models, Hjelmslev was also determined not to neglect the human subject who uses language, which led him to an interest in psychology and Psychoanalysis.

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