Language by Leonard BloomfieldI love Leonard Bloomfield and its pretty much because of this book. Language is fun and accessible, and while some of it has not stood the test of time, a lot of it has and it is still a terrific read. Bloomfield comes across as brilliant as well as generous and he writes engagingly and clearly. I dont recommend it as an intro to linguistics because readers new to the discipline wont know what still stands from 1933 and what doesnt, but every linguist should read it. Most will really enjoy it.
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Leonard Bloomfield April 1, — April 18, was an American linguist who led the development of structural linguistics in the United States during the s and the s. His influential textbook Language , published in , presented a comprehensive description of American structural linguistics. Bloomfield's approach to linguistics was characterized by its emphasis on the scientific basis of linguistics, adherence to behaviorism especially in his later work, and emphasis on formal procedures for the analysis of linguistic data. The influence of Bloomfieldian structural linguistics declined in the late s and s as the theory of generative grammar developed by Noam Chomsky came to predominate. His father immigrated to the United States as a child in ; the original family name Blumenfeld was changed to Bloomfield after their arrival.
Bloomfield published his Language in , in which he argued that because language changes over time and the meaning of.
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Similarities between the two authors were found. In particular both asserted that a the study of language must be carried out through the methods of science; b the main function of language is to produce practical effects on the world through the mediation of a listener; and c a physicalist conception of meaning. Their differences concern the subject matter of their disciplines and their use of different models for the analysis of behavior. Bloomfield's linguistics and Skinner's functional analysis of verbal behavior are complementary approaches to language. Two of these influences were Leonard Bloomfield's conceptions of the phoneme and analogy. Other reports have also pointed to the influence of Bloomfield's teaching on Skinner see, e. This paper examines more extensively this influence by comparing Bloomfield's and Skinner's formulations on the following topics: a the conception of science and of scientific method, b the act of speech or verbal episode, c meaning, and d subject matter.
Leonard Bloomfield April 1, — April 18, was an American linguist who led the development of structural linguistics in the United States during the s and the s. His influential textbook Language, published in , presented a comprehensive description of American structural linguistics. He made significant contributions to Indo-European historical linguistics, the description of Austronesian languages, and description of languages of the Algonquian family. The influence of Bloomfieldian structural linguistics declined in the late s and s as the theory of Generative Grammar developed by Noam Chomsky came to predominate. Bloomfield was one of the founding members of the Linguistic Society of America.