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Studies in General Linguistics and Language Structure by N.S. Trubetzkoy


Studies in General Linguistics and Language Structure by N.S. Trubetzkoy

Edited and with an introduction by Anatoly LibermanTranslated by Marvin Taylor and Anatoly LibermanN. S. Trubetzkoy (1890-1939) is generally celebrated today as the creator of the science of phonology. While his monumental Grundzuge der Phonologie was published posthumously and contains a summary of Trubetzkoy's late views on the linguistic function of speech sounds, there has, until now, been no practical way to trace the development of his thought or to clarify the conclusions appearing in that later work. With the publication of Studies in General Linguistics and Language Structure, not only will linguists have that opportunity, but a collection of Trubetzkoy's work will appear in English for the first time. Translated from the French, German, and Russian originals, these articles and letters present Trubetzkoy's work in general and on Indo-European linguistics. The correspondence reprinted here, also for the first time in English, is between Trubetzkoy and Roman Jakobson. The resulting collection offers a view of the evolution of Trubetzkoy's ideas on phonology, the logic in laws of linguistic geography and relative chronology, and the breadth of his involvement with Caucasian phonology and the Finno-Ugric languages. A valuable resource, this volume will make Trubetzkoy's work available to a larger audience as it sheds light on problems that remain at the center of contemporary linguistics.


This collection of Trubetzkoy's articles and letters from widely scattered sources is an important and welcome contribution to both the history of linguistics and the advancement of current knowledge. -Victor Friedman, University of Chicago This book is a must for anyone interested in exploring the most basic linguistic questions through the eyes of this brilliant scholar whose work is timeless. Anatoly Liberman is to be commended for providing us with this superior volume. -Yishai Tobin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Publication date

31st October 1999


N.S. Trubetzkoy

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Duke University Press


344 pages





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