Geoffrey Sampson


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Schools of Linguistics

by Geoffrey Sampson

A portrait of the contrasting beliefs, assumptions, and intellectual backgrounds of the various schools of linguistics which contributed to the subject throughout the 20th century, beginning with a glimpse of their 19th-century roots.

In Britain, subtitled Competition and Evolution.

Some critical comment:

frank, funny, personal, clear, literate, and scholarly ... lays bare the strengths and fallacies of all
— Choice

lively and entertaining reading ... among the better non-technical examinations of 20th century linguistic science
— Language

a book which has become indispensable reading for linguists, whether beginners or advanced researchers ...
— Semiosis

It consolidates Dr Sampson’s reputation as the foremost contemporary popularizer of controversies in linguistics
— Review of English Studies

one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read on linguistics in quite a while
— George Huttar in Notes on Linguistics

Absolutely an all-time top-ten. This is an incredibly readable book–lively and well-written, so much so that for a week I skipped my lunchtime novel and read this, instead … All in all, a great book
— Kevin Cohen, on Amazon reader reviews

283 pp.

Published by Hutchinson (London), and Stanford University Press (California), 1980.

ISBNs 0-8047-1084-8 (hardback), 0-8047-1125-9 (paper)

Translated into: Italian (1983); Korean (1999).

New or used copies available via relevant British or American Amazon pages.




Geoffrey Sampson

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