In the Neogrammarian
Era they paid special attention to the Veps language and even called it the Finnic Sanscrit (Grunthal 2015 : 22), believing it possessed a certain archaic character that may shed light on the history of the Finnic linguistic community evolution.
According to the author, as vowel harmony is a regular process, conditioned by a specific phonetic-phonological context, it may be included in the neogrammarian
The first volume deals with lower-level concerns, and is consistent with Neogrammarian
and Structuralist approaches.
In phonetics, we have the mechanic Neogrammarian
sound laws, and in semantics we can rely on the irreversible grammaticalization paths that can be framed in terms of categorial metaphors.
The term itself was introduced by Meillet in 1912 but, as indicated by Lehmann (2002: 1-7), the sources of grammaticalization are to be sought in Condillac's Essai sur l'origine des connaissances humaines of 1746, Humboldt's "On the genesis of grammatical forms and their influence on the evolution of ideas" of 1822, and in German Neogrammarian
Georg von der Gabelentz's Die Sprachwissenschaft of 1891 (cf.
This principle, stated by Hetzron 1976 within the context of Semitic, goes back at least to the 1880s and the Neogrammarian
But this cannot pay out until the Neogrammarian
method has been introduced, which does not happen till Chapter 14.
According to Mattos e silva (2002, 2003), the neogrammarian
theory of language has been kept intact by present day researchers on grammaticalization.
It has often been noted that, under the strictest definition, grammaticalization is unidirectional by definition, rather in the way that Neogrammarian
sound change is by definition regular.
10) As he wrote in "Apologia," at first "the exactitude of neogrammarian
linguistics with its laws 'without exceptions' was extremely refreshing and appealing to me" (xvi).
1996, The Neogrammarian
Hypothesis and Pandemic Irregularity : 135-156, in M.
I take it that the definition of the emphasis 'on the tasks, methods and aims of linguistic scholarship in the past, rather than on ideas and theories' is intended not to deny a symbiosis between theory and method (of the sort well illustrated in the treatment of the influence of Neogrammarian
theory on philosophical methods, for example, at pp.