The History & Professionalization of Linguistics

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What motivated the initial, classical study of linguistics?

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1. During the 19th century, what important language was reconstructed?

2. What period is known as the golden age of philology?

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  • What motivated the classical study of linguistics
  • What important language was reconstructed during the 19th century
  • Which century is known as the golden age of philology
  • The theoretical approached associated with linguistics in the 20th century
  • Which fields interact with linguistics a great deal in the 20th and 21st centuries

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  • Explain what linguistics studies
  • Detail the first known linguistic study
  • Discuss what Wilhelm von Humboldt discovered about language
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