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Theses of the Prague Linguistic Circle as a Path to Processual Grammar of Slavonic Languages

Author(s): Jan Kořenský
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Slovanský ústav and Euroslavica
Keywords: processual grammar; development of linguistic thinking; Prague linguistic structuralism; Slavonic languages

Summary/Abstract: The connection of programmatic documents of Prague linguistic structuralism (also called functional linguistics) especially in the form of the Theses presented to the First International Congress of Slavists held in Prague in 1929 with the then completely new and innovative exploring approach to Slavonic languages is generally known and sufficiently documented. There are, however, more or less explicitly expressed opinions that at the moment of the development of modern linguistics which is frequently characterized as programmatic interdisciplinarization of linguistics, as a turn to spoken communication, to discourse, as pragmatization of linguistic thinking etc., the fundamental principles of the Theses have nothing to say any longer. Expressed by means of classical structuralist terminology, we speak about the “turn away” from the issues of langue and the turn to parole investigation, about the turn away from the system of language and the turn to text, to discourse. At the same time the problem is also interpreted in such a way that the current stage of the development of linguistic thinking no longer needs to solve the problems and issues of global and complex systems thinking (so characteristic for classical structuralist period) which is the fact that by itself cancels the validity and relevancy of classical structuralist incentives in the context of current trends. The analysis of the first paragraph of the Theses, however, can show that in the Theses there are already present assumptions of the “pragmatic-communication” development of linguistic thinking which currently dominates in the context of linguistic thinking, of course, along with the conceptual bases of classical structuralism and in accordance with them.

  • Issue Year: LXXXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 119-123
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Czech