Audio recordings from a Prague Linguistics Circle's 80th Anniversary Symposium now online

Recordings made last Semptember (2006) at the international symposium held to celebrate the Prague Circle's 80th Anniversary are now available online. With the exception of one talk, all the contributions are in Czech. The symposium was entitled: "The role of the Prague Linguistic Circle in the past development and future outlooks of Czech linguistics."

27. září 2006 proběhlo na půdě FF UK pod názvem "Úloha Pražského lingvistického kroužku při vývoji i vyhlídkách české jazykovědy" mezinárodní symposium k 80. výročí Pražského lingvistického kroužku. Symposia se zúčastnili přední čeští i zahraniční jazykovedci. Program konference naleznete na http://web.ff.cuni.cz/plk/program.php, zvukový záznam přednášek i zavřené diskuse (ve formatu MP3) naleznete na http://web.ff.cuni.cz/plk (Marian Sloboda pro Forum_JS @ yahoogroups.com)

 

New website for the Prague Linguistic Circle

Welcome to the new pages of PLK. After years of stagnation on http://www.bohemica.com/plk, it is time for the Circle's pages to receive a makeover (appropriate, I hope, to celebrate its 80th birthday). The most obvious change is the URL, which is dual: http://www.praguelinguistics.org and http://www.cercledeprague.org (both links lead hear). The pages will now be at least partially multilingual, depending on the availability of volunteer translators.

About Prague Linguistic Circle

History

One more cathedral

The Prague Linguistic Circle was one of the most influential schools of linguistic thought in pre-war linguistics. Through its former members like Roman Jakobson or René Wellek, it influenced modern American linguistics as well as many other linguists in the world. In the spring of 1996, many renowned linguists came to Prague to pay homage to the heritage of the Prague Linguistic Circle and to Roman Jakobson during a conference to 70 Years of Existence of the Prague Linguistic Circle and 100th Anniversary of Roman Jakobson's Birthday.

Although the 'classical period' of the Circle can be dated between 1926, the year of the first meeting, and the beginning of WWII, its roots are in much of the earlier work of its members, and also it did not completely cease its work with the outbreak of the war.

Among the founding members were such personalities as Vilém Mathesius (President of PLC until his death in 1945), Roman Jakobson, Nikolay Trubetzkoy, Sergei Karcevskiy, Jan Mukarovský, and many others who began to meet in the mid-twenties to discuss issues of common interest.

The, at first, irregular meetings with lectures and discussions gradually developed into regular ones. The first results of the members' cooperative efforts were presented in joint theses prepared for the First International Congress of Slavicists held in Prague in 1929. These were published in the 1st volume of the then started series Travaux du Cercle Linguistique de Prague.

The Théses outlined the direction of the work of the Circle's members. Such important concepts as the approach to the study of language as a synchronic system which is, however, dynamic, functionality of elements of language, and the importance of the social function of language were explicitly laid down as the basis for further research.

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