How Dutch linguistics linked up with structuralism: Aspects of the organisational history of Dutch linguistics, 1930-1960.

  • S. Daalder (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Since the publications by Vachek (1968), Uhlenbeck (1977) and Parret & Van de Velde (1980) it has been well-known that a small group of influential Dutch linguists of the interbellum period were eager early adopters of the theories of structural linguistics. The most important figures here are Nicolaas van Wijk (1880–1941), Jac. van Ginneken (1877–1945) and Albert Willem de Groot (1892–1963). From their own respective backgrounds, they became actively involved in the thriving new international organisations of the period such as the International Congresses of Linguists from 1928 onwards, the International Congresses of Phonetic Sciences taking off in the year 1932, and the Prague-based International Society for Phonology (Internationale Phonologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft) (1932– around 1939).
Just like linguists in other countries did, the Dutch structurally-minded linguists mentioned above made use of their national societies as platforms to further the cause of the new linguistic disciplines; they also set up some new and special ones. This talk will focus on the network of national organisations, committees and working groups that evolved from around 1930 and bring to life some important events within this network. Among the relevant organisations are the Royal Dutch Academy with its Committees and its working institutions, the Dutch Society for Phonetic Sciences (1928– ), the Dutch Society for Phonology (Nederlandsche Phonologische Werkgemeenschap) (1939–1960) and the Linguistic Society of the Netherlands (1950– ) with its Study Group for the Structural Analysis of Dutch. The linguistic reviews Onze taaltuin and Lingua may be counted among them as well.
Period29 Jun 2006
Event title18th Colloquium of the Studienkreis Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft
Event typeConference