Category Archives: History

Historical Documents

historical documents

A bit of history If you’re fascinated with the history of ideas in relation to linguistics, you’ll be interested in these free, newly-designed, ebooks of original documents published from the 1880s onwards. Please note: these publications are mostly antiquated curiosities, noteworthy mainly for their historical value and not as scientific references to be consulted for […]

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The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song by Mott

The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song

The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song by F.W. MOTT Originally published in 1910 The contents of this book formed the subject of three lectures delivered at the Royal Institution by F.W. Mott entitled On the Mechanism of the Human Voice and three London University lectures at King’s College on The Brain in relation to Speech and […]

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Stammering: Its Cause and Cure by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue

Stammering - its cause and cure

Stammering: Its Cause and Cure by BENJAMIN NATHANIEL BOGUE Originally published in 1929. A Chronic Stammerer for Almost Twenty Years; Originator of the Bogue Unit Method of Restoring Perfect Speech; Founder of the Bogue Institute for Stammerers and Editor of the “Emancipator,” a magazine devoted to the Interests of Perfect Speech. Warning This publication is noteworthy mainly for its historical […]

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On the Evolution of Language by John Wesley Powell

On the Evolution of Language

On the Evolution of Language by JOHN WESLEY POWELL As Exhibited In The Specialization of the Grammatic Processes, the Differentiation of the Parts of Speech, and the Integration of the Sentence; From a Study of Indian Languages Originally published in 1881 by Smithsonian Institution – Bureau of Ethnology, Washington, USA. John Wesley Powell (24 Mar 1834 – 23 […]

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Lectures on Language by William Stevens Balch

Lectures on language

Lectures on Language by WILLIAM STEVENS BALCH As particularly connected with English Grammar Originally published in 1838 by B. Cranston & Co., USA. William Stevens Balch (13 April 1806 – 25 December 1887) was an ordained Universalist preacher, politician, teacher, and historian. He was a prolific writer. His two well-known linguistics oriented texts are Inductive Grammar, Designed for Beginners […]

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Language by Edward Sapir

Language by Edward Sapir

Language by EDWARD SAPIR An Introduction to the Study of Speech Originally published in 1921 by Harcourt Brace (New York, USA) Edward Sapir (26 Jan 1884 – 4 Feb 1939) was an American linguist and anthropologist. He was noted for his research into the relationship between culture and language – a field which came to be known as ethnolinguistics. […]

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English as She is Wrote by Anonymous

English as She is Wrote

English as She is Wrote by ANONYMOUS Originally published in 1883 by D. Appleton & Co., 1, 3, & 5 Bond Street, New York USA. This book by an anonymous author provides examples of how the (mis)use of the English language frequently leads to unintended humorous outcomes. It draws its many examples from newspaper articles, advertisements, poems, epitaphs, letters, […]

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The Canadian Elocutionist by Anna Howard

The Canadian Elocutionist

The Canadian Elocutionist by ANNA K. HOWARD, LL.B. Originally published in 1885. Designed for the use of colleges, schools and for self instruction together with a copious selection, in prose and poetry, of pieces adapted for reading, recitation and practice. The principal object the author had in view in the preparation of this work, was to place in […]

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