By Giorgio Graffi

This booklet argues convincingly opposed to the frequent opinion that only a few syntactic experiences have been conducted earlier than the Nineteen Fifties. counting on the specific research of a big quantity of unique assets, it exhibits that syntactic concerns have been in reality conscientiously investigated all through either the nineteenth century and through the 1st 1/2 the twentieth century. additionally, it illustrates how the large improvement of syntactic study within the final fifty years has already condemned even a number of contemporary principles and analyses to oblivion, and deeply stimulated present examine courses. The wealth of analysis undertaken during the last centuries is gifted the following in a scientific manner, taking as its start line the connection of syntax with psychology all through this era. The severe rules expressed within the textual content are according to a close representation of different syntactic types and analyses instead of at the polemics among different faculties.

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Both were supervisors of his Habilitationsthesis (Bumann 1965:4-5; 8). Steinthal's relationship with his mentors, therefore, was only indirect. In respect of Herbart and Humboldt, the relationship took place only through their writings. With regard to Hegel, it was mainly due to the work of a grammarian who was influenced by Hegelian philosophy: Karl Wilhelm Ludwig Heyse. 18 Heyse's main theoretical work is his System der Sprachwissenschaft (1856), which remained unfinished and was published after his death by Steinthal him­ self.

Moreover, we have to note that he refers, with great respect, to Humboldt. Becker (1841[1827]) is divided into four sections dealing respectively with the "Organism of language in general", with phonetics {Organische Lautbildung), with morphology and the classification of parts of speech (Organische Wortbildung), and with the syntax of the simple and the complex sentence (Organische Satzbildung). Becker's view is based on his notion of language as an 'organic whole': language is organic not only in its origin, but also in its internal organization, as with any other manifestation of the living organism (cf.

For example, it notes that Grimm's interest in impersonal constructions has no equivalent in Becker's work. 14 Pott himself (1880a:ccxviii) says that Humboldt did not totally give up General Grammar. 30 200 YEARS OF SYNTAX General Grammar cannot be fully abandoned: it is still very useful for the clari­ fication of grammatical concepts (Pott 1880a:cci). Pott maintains that the way of doing General Grammar must be different from that adopted in the 17th and 18th centuries. ccccx). dxxix). Pott's definition of syntax is explicitly borrowed from the philosophical tradition: quoting a passage from Herder, he equates what the latter calls 'con­ nection of concepts' (Verbindung der Begriffe) with 'syntax' (Pott 1880a:clvi).

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