New PDF release: A Paradigm Lost: The linguistic thought of Mikołaj

By Joanna Radwanska-Williams

ISBN-10: 9027245592

ISBN-13: 9789027245595

The final thought of language of Mikołaj Kruszweski (1851-1887) is, this publication argues, a “lost paradigm” within the historical past of linguistics. the concept that of 'paradigm' is known in a widely construed Kuhnian experience, and its applicability to linguistics as a technological know-how is tested. it really is argued that Kruszewski's idea was once a covert paradigm in that his significant paintings, Ocerk nauki o jazyke ('An define of the technology of Language', 1883), had the aptitude to be seminal within the historical past of linguistics, i.e. to accomplish the prestige of a 'classical text', or 'exemplar'. This strength was once now not discovered simply because Kruszewski's impression was once hindered via numerous historic elements, together with his early demise and the simultaneous consolidation of the Neogrammarian paradigm, with its emphasis on phonology and language switch. The e-book examines the highbrow history of Kruszweski's proposal, which used to be rooted, partially, within the culture of British empiricism. It additionally discusses Kruszewski's courting to his instructor Jean Baudouin de Courtenay (1845-1929), his perspective in the direction of the Neogrammarian move in linguistics, the ambivalent reception of his conception via his contemporaries, and the impact of his paintings at the linguistic thought of Roman Jakobson (1896-1982).

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In the domain of social theory, this translated into the idea of progress. Previous conceptions of society had looked backwards in time to an ideal original state: the Golden Age of antiquity, or the Eden of Biblical creation. History was viewed in terms of decline rather than progress. This view emphasized the study of antiquity, as being closer in time to the perfect state of mankind. With the advent of the Darwinian paradigm, social theory looked to the future rather than the past. The question of the origin of so­ ciety lost in importance and came to be superseded by the question of the laws of its development.

The body is merely a mechanism which is acted upon by the soul, and as a mechanism it is subject to natural laws just as the universe is subject to the laws of mechanics. If for the rationalists the body was a mechanism, for the empiricists, who needed to account for the formation of ideas, the model of mechanism translated into the conception of the mind. , the force of gravity) into the account of the interaction of natural bodies. This was the operative model for the empiricist account of association of ideas.

For example, in the Aristotelian syllogism: "All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore Socrates is mortal", both the major and the minor premise are inductive propositions. The major premise, "all men are mortal", is a generalization from experience, while the minor premise, "Socrates is a man", is an observation. Thus, induction precedes deduction, HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 21 and the role of deduction is to draw out the implication of what is already known: "therefore, Socrates is mortal".

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