By Leonard Bloomfield
It is a fac simile version of Bloomfield's An advent to the learn of Language (New York 1914), with an introductory article by way of Joseph S. Kess.
Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949) used to be liable for vintage textbooks within the box of linguistics. the sooner, reproduced the following, exhibits a few awesome adjustments to his later perspectives, reflecting a lot of the then-current pondering on language concerns. As such, it represents not just an enticing statement at the theoretical improvement of an incredibly influential linguist, yet extra importantly, it's a telling record within the evolving heritage of the self-discipline and a wealthy resource for the (psycho)linguist drawn to how and why we acquired from the place we have been to the place we're.
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At about the same time the child begins to understand gestures; that is, to associate people's gestures with emo tional and even perceptual experiences. It begins by connecting facial expression with states of emotion, rec ognizing, as we say, an angry or a cheerful countenance. Then comes the association of deictic gestures with ob jects, the child's eyes following the direction in which one points. At last words begin to be understood: aided, at first, by pointing gestures, the child begins to associate such sound-sequences as the nursery words for 'mother', 'father', 'good', 'bad', 'bed', or 'sleep' with the corre sponding experiences.
Bloomington: The Principia Press. ) Kess, Joseph F. 1979. "Focus, Topic, and Case in the Philippine Verbal Paradigm". Southeast Asian Linguistic Studies, vol. 3, Nguyen Dang Liem, ed. Pacific Linguistics, Series C-No. 45, pp. 213-239. K. 1972. "Towards a Historiography of Linguistics". 255-280. 1976. "Towards a Historiography of Linguistics". History of Linguistic Thought and Contemporary Linguistics, ed. by Herman Parret, pp. 685718. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. Kroesch, Samuel. 1933. Review of Bloomfield 1933.
It consists, at bottom, of ex pressive movements. In the case of gesture-language the expressive movements themselves remained the means of communication; consequently the connection between a gesture and the original expressive movement is nearly always apparent, as when the deictic gesture is plainly a weakened grasping movement and the depicting gestu res scarcely differ from natural imitative movements. In the case of vocal speech, on the other hand, it was not the movement itself that attracted attention and became the starting-point for further development, but the sound which the movement produced.