Communication and Human Behavior : the Linguistic Essays of William Diver

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A linguist at Columbia University, Diver (1921-95) developed the ideas that now serve as the foundation for the Columbia School of linguistics. Here are 18 of his essays, covering the elements of his linguistic thinking, Greek, Latin, phonology, linguistic theories, and the history of linguistics. Among the topics discussed are substance and value in linguistic analysis, the system of relevance of the Homeric verb, the subjunctive without syntax, the Latin demonstratives, the phonological motivation for Verner's Law and Grimm's Law, traditional grammar and its legacy in 20th-century linguistics, and how the study of language went wrong in the Western tradition. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Brill USA
In these newly edited, annotated, and contextualized foundational linguistic works, many previously unpublished, the late William Diver of Columbia University radically analyzes language as a structure shaped by communicative function and by characteristics of its human users.

Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012
ISBN: 9789004209107
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 566 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Additional Contributors: Davis, Joseph 1958-
Huffman, Alan 1948-


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