The Prix Volney: Contributions to Comparative Indo-European, African and Chinese Linguistics v. 3

The Prix Volney: Contributions to Comparative Indo-European, African and Chinese Linguistics v. 3 : Contributions to Comparative Indo-European, African and Chinese Linguistics: Max Muller and Steinthal

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Volume III deals with two major nineteenth-century linguists of German origin: Friedrich Max Muller and Heymann Steinthal. Their previously unpublished Volney essays represent the far-flung interests of comparative and historical linguists in this period both in temporal and in geographical or ethnographical terms. Max Muller's essay on 'Comparative Philology and the Early Civilization of Mankind' (1849), edited by Joan Leopold, shows the earliest phases of his interest in comparative Indo-European language, culture, mythology and 'race', studies in which he became a seminal figures. Steinthal's two essays, one on languages of West Africa (1851), edited by Gerhard Bohm, and one on Chinese (1854), edited by Jerold Edmondson, show the novel phonetic, psychological and classificatory aspects of his linguistic researches, which received more recognition from the Volney Commissioners than from most of his contemporaries. Extensive biographies and bibliographies of these two authors (by Joan Leopold for Max Muller and by Hans-Ulrich Lessing for Steinthal) accompany the annotated texts of their essays.
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  • Hardback | 527 pages
  • 160 x 238.8 x 35.6mm | 975.22g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English, German
  • Annotated
  • 2000 ed.
  • 7 black & white illustrations, biography
  • 0792325079
  • 9780792325079

Table of contents

Volume III: Max Muller and the Linguistic Study of Civilization; J. Leopold. Friedrich Max Muller: Comparative Philology of the Indo-European Languages and its Bearing of the Early Civilisation of Mankind' (1849); J. Leopold (ed.). Heymann Steinthal: Linguistics with a Psychological Basis; H.-U. Lessing. Development and Nature of African Linguistics in the Nineteenth Century with Special Reference to German-Speaking Countries; G. Bohm. Heymann Steinthal: 'Vergleichende Darstellung eines Sprachstammes der Neger nach seiner phonetischen und psychologischen Seite' (1851); G. Bohm (ed.). Steinthal and the History of Chinese Linguistics; J. Edmondson. 'Zur vergleichenden Erforschung der chinesischen Sprache' (1854); H. Steinthal.
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