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Call for Papers: Proposed Session for the GSA Conference in St. Paul, MN, Oct. 2-5, 2008

TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC LANGUAGE STUDY: THE LEGACY(IES) OF FRIEDRICH VON SCHLEGEL’S ÜBER DIE SPRACHE UND WEISHEIT DER INDIER

 

Friedrich von Schlegel’s 1808 work, Über die Sprache und Weisheit der Indier, is considered not only the foundational text of Indology, but also the starting point of the scientific study of language. Coupling Sir William Jones’s observation from 1786 of the relationship of Sanskrit to the ancient and modern languages of Europe with Romantic philosophy, Schlegel provided a program and intellectual justification for the new discipline of comparative philology. The bicentennial of the publication of this pioneering treatise invites us to reflect on its legacy. Papers are welcomed that broaden our understanding of this text, its production, its reception in a variety of contexts, and its influence on subsequent thinkers.

Some possible topics include:

--relationship between Schlegel’s literary and philological work

--contradictions and their origins in Schlegel’s philological thought

--the reception of the work in the popular press

--its reception outside of Germany

--differing evaluations of the text in varying disciplines today

--consideration of Schlegel’s original questions and goals for comparative philology and their ongoing relevance in linguistics or other disciplines

 

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words and a brief biography (100 words) by February 7, 2008, to [log in to unmask]

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