THE MAKING OF LINGUISTICS by William Sparke

THE MAKING OF LINGUISTICS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A history of the development of language study into a discipline that is precise, informative, and relatively up-to-date in coverage but too specialized in intent and too lifeless in expression to interest any but the highly motivated. In moving from the ""pooh-pooh"" and ""bow-wow"" schools through Dionysius Thrax' early Greek grammar to the 19th century philologists and the 20th century systems analysts, an idea of the growth of the English language emerges but that has been presented with greater facility in the Lairds' study of the language per se. A chapter on metalinguistics mentions some of the recent and current research--which hardly is essential for juvenile collections. In contrast, the illustrations vary from ambiguous to silly.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1969
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman