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Phenomenological aspects of Georg von der Gabelentz’s Die Sprachwissenschaft

Klaas Willems (UGent)
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When Georg von der Gabelentz’s (1840–1893) book Die Sprachwissenschaft (1891) was published, the historical-comparative paradigm was the dominant perspective in empirical linguistic enquiry, and the then current theory of language was fijirmly rooted in language psychology. While itself based in this tradition, Gabelentz’s Sprachwissenschaft nevertheless strikes another chord, which sets it apart from contemporary sources. This chapter argues that the book is particularly noteworthy for its wide-ranging bottom-up approach to linguistic phenomena and its propensity to conceive of language both as object and instrument of enquiry in a sense akin to the ‘reflexive’ stance that later would become a hallmark of Edmund Husserl’s (1859–1938) phenomenology. The ‘phenomenological mindset’ can in particular be retraced in the way a diffferent philosophy of the language sciences and theory of meaning take shape in Die Sprachwissenschaft.
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phenomenology, philosophy of science, theory of meaning, 19th-century psychology of language

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Willems, Klaas. 2019. “Phenomenological Aspects of Georg Von Der Gabelentz’s Die Sprachwissenschaft.” In Gabelentz and the Science of Language, ed. James McElvenny, 99–129. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
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Willems, K. (2019). Phenomenological aspects of Georg von der Gabelentz’s Die Sprachwissenschaft. In J. McElvenny (Ed.), Gabelentz and the science of language (pp. 99–129). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
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Willems K. Phenomenological aspects of Georg von der Gabelentz’s Die Sprachwissenschaft. In: McElvenny J, editor. Gabelentz and the science of language. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press; 2019. p. 99–129.
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Willems, Klaas. “Phenomenological Aspects of Georg Von Der Gabelentz’s Die Sprachwissenschaft.” Gabelentz and the Science of Language. Ed. James McElvenny. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019. 99–129. Print.
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  author       = {Willems, Klaas},
  booktitle    = {Gabelentz and the science of language},
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  pages        = {99--129},
  publisher    = {Amsterdam University Press},
  title        = {Phenomenological aspects of Georg von der Gabelentz’s Die Sprachwissenschaft},
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