Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 September 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article describes the early historical part of linguistic typology. It is clear that the first sections of the article may be only marginal to typology in the modern sense of the term. Nevertheless, it is interesting to follow the evolution of (Western) thought, which can be considered as a preliminary step towards typology. The problem of mental and linguistic universals and predispositions in the perspective of what could be labelled ‘cognitive linguistics’ is dealt with. Georg von der Gabelentz can be considered as the ‘final moment’ in the sketch of the early history of typology. He represents the bridge between two different ways of approaching the complex problem of linguistic typology. Speaking of Humboldt, Bopp, Steinthal, et al., and even earlier of the Modistae – it is seen that grammatical considerations were strictly intertwined with reflection on syntax.

Keywords: linguistic typology, linguistic universals, cognitive linguistics, von der Gabelentz, syntax

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.