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The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science

Sarah M. Pourciau


Contemporary thought has been profoundly shaped by the turn toward synchronic models of explanation, which analyze phenomena as they appear at a single moment, rather than diachronically as they develop through time. Nowhere, however, has this transformation unfolded more influentially than in the domain of language science, where the terminology of synchrony and diachrony first explicitly emerges. The Writing of Spirit sets out to demonstrate, via a new history of language science, that we do not know what we think we know about this pivotal juncture in our intellectual past. Twentieth centur ... More

Keywords: German Romanticism, historical linguistics, Jakobson, philology, philosophy of history, Saussure, Sprachgeist, structuralism, system, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823275625
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. Pourciau, author
Princeton University