This course will examine the field of etymology as the oldest linguistic discipline. Scientific and imaginary forms of etymology as seen in the Neogrammarians and folk etymology will be discussed as well as the place of etymology in postmodernism.
Presentation and/or research paper.
Ross, A.: Etymology with especial reference to English. Skeat, W.: Etymological Dictionary of the English Language.
Introduction to the field of etymology.
Historical development: Greek etymology as seen in Plato's "Cratylus".
Etymologies in the Bible and the Christian tradition.
Scientific etymology: the Neogrammarian Movement.
The concept of linguistic reconstruction.
Reactions to the Neogrammarians: dialectology and the isogloss.
Hugo Schuchardt: Words and things.
The philosophical implications of etymology: Nietzsche.
Heidegger's world of etymology.
Paulhan: proof by etymology.
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