『Linguistic Linguistics: An Intradisciplinary Introduction』

Linguistic Linguistics ―Book Announcement from Psammeticus Press
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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!