●Linguistic Linguistics ―Book Announcement from Psammeticus Press
Linguistic Linguistics: An Intradisciplinary Introduction
by Constantine Köprülü
Psammeticus Textbooks in Linguistics
Published 2007. Hardcover, 97 pages. Price: $249
Psammeticus Press is proud to present a one-of-a-kind new intradisciplinary linguistics textbook—with no more of this trendy, namby-pamby interdisciplinary dilution of linguistics. Köprülü urges a return to hard core fundamentals, discarding all distractions that lead away from what truly matters in the field.
Some of the questions Köprülü answers in the introduction include:
- Can Washoe or Koko use language? Do whales or birds? Who cares!?
- What is the relationship between the anthropological study of indigenous peoples and the linguistic study of their languages? Something for anthropology fieldworkers to worry about—not us!
- What is the biological basis of Universal Grammar? Irrelevant!
- What light does archeology shed on the evolution and origin of human language? Not nearly enough to matter!
- What do computational and statistical models of language have to teach us about human linguistic competence? Nothing!
- What about the important contributions of literature? Oh, please!