Landmarks in linguistic thought I
The Western tradition from Socrates to Saussure
second editionReviews of the first edition:‘The choices are excellent. Their commentaries are especially valuable inproviding an understanding of the.central concerns of our field.’Winfred P.Lehmann,
‘Easy to read and understand…Highly recommended for linguists,philosophers and literary students as well as educated general readers.’
This book introduces the reader to the major issues and themes that havedetermined the development of Western thinking about language, meaning andcommunication. Each chapter contains a short extract from a’landmark’ textfollowed by a commentary which places the ideas in their social and intellectualcontext.The authors have fully revised the original edition. They have added two newchapters on Wilkins and Frege, a new preface and updated bibliography. Thisnew edition is invaluable to anyone with an interest in the history of linguisticsor the history of ideas.
is Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics in the University of Oxford. He is the author of
The Origin of Writing
Language, Saussure and
Signs of Writing
Signs, Language and
(1996). His award-winningtranslation of Saussure’s
Course in General Linguistics
was published in 1983.
is L.G.T. Cooley Professor of English and Linguistics at theCollege of William and Mary, Virginia. He has published widely on language