Images of Language

Images of Language

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This volume consists of six essays on aspects of language reflection during the period 1500-1800, with particular emphasis on the seventeenth century. German speakers are seen attempting to discover and define the nature of adjacent languages, whilst also shaping and demarcating the identity and image of their native tongue.The first essay outlines and illustrates what European linguists believed, before the advent of comparative philology, about the historical-genetic position of German.Three essays explore the rich diversity of approach and method in earlier foreign-word purism, the puristic use of lexis and metaphor, and reaction to the intrusive foreign word in German military usage.The last two essays span a wide range of attitudes and reaction among German speakers to the French and English languages. The work makes frequent reference to contemporary views of other languages, including Hebrew, Greek Latin, Italian and Spanish.verhochdeutschen Zesen 1672:*vr verteutschen Schorer 1644:Avr vertreiben Rist 1640:DV vertilgen Rist 1642:F6r verwdrfen ... Physical, in some cases manual, activity is sometimes implied. ... The term Sprach-gesellschaft is first attested in Leibniz (1717:275), but with reference to the Accademia della Crusca. ... Finally, a small but colourful set of terms serves to vilify hyperactive purists and their work : allzu teutschgesinnte Sprachgrubler Bohse 1706:243 Hirsen-Pfriemer Rachelanbsp;...

Title:Images of Language
Author: William Jervis Jones
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company - 1999

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