CFP: [18th] The Languages of 18th-c. Literature (9/15; ASECS)

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Jack Lynch

For the ASECS meeting in Portland, 27-30 March 2008:

Linguists and literary scholars both work in the medium of the language,
but only rarely do they speak to one another. But the eighteenth century
was an age of revolutionary new theories about language, whether in
Britain, in North America, or on the Continent. Major figures like
Condillac, Diderot, Rousseau, Lessing, Leibniz, Herder, Locke, Johnson, and
Horne Tooke formulated theories about the complicated relations between
words, ideas, and things; about problems of representation; about language
acquisition; about prescriptive and descriptive lexicography and grammar;
and so on. And many of these linguistic theories have found expression in
works of eighteenth-century literature. This session will invite scholars
working at the intersection of linguistics and literature to present their
research on how the two disciplines can inform one another.

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