Getting to know Hugo Schuchardt (part 2)

Here are two critical reactions to/interpretations of the impact of Schuchardt’s “Against the Neogrammarians.” The first, by Wilbur, discusses the piece within the context of its place within the larger world of the contemporaneous work of the neogrammarians. The second, by Vennemann, discusses the implications of the piece for present-day phonological theory (being written in 1972, the perspective adopted is generative phonology, although in my opinion the discussion is certainly OT translatable.)

Wilbur, Terence H. 1972. Hugo Schuchardt and the Neogrammarians. In Vennemann, Theo, and Terence H. Wilbur (Eds.), Schuchardt, the Neogrammarians, and the Transformational Theory of phonological change: Four essays. Frankfort, Athenaum. p.75-113. http://ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/wilbur 1972.pdf

Vennemann, Theo. 1972a. Hugo Schuchardt’s theory of phonological change. In Vennemann, Theo, and Terence H. Wilbur (Eds.), Schuchardt, the Neogrammarians, and the Transformational Theory of phonological change: Four essays. Frankfort, Athenaum. p. 117-179. http://ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/vennemann 1972a.pdf

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About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Rice University, where I teach undergraduate courses in both sociolinguistics and general linguistics. I also work on research projects investing language variation and change in US English a variety of cities. Specifically, at the moment, this includes Houston, Chicago, and Columbus, OH.

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