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Language, theory of
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1. Principles

As a reflective and systematic engagement with language, language theory in the early modern period was found in two forms:

(1) In one variant concerned with the individual national languages, language theory anticipated practical work on language and formed the basis for the creation of language-related texts including grammars, dictionaries, and manuals of rhetoric (Linguistics). Texts …

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Gardt, Andreas, “Language, theory of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027874>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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