Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences / Space Exploration: on the Emergence of the Category of Space in European Linguistics

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences. 2012 5 (6)
Reznik, Vladislava Yu.
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Reznik, Vladislava Yu. : University of Lausanne, Switzerland , 3 Tagore street, ap. 22, Warsaw 02-647, Poland , e-mail:
Linguistic geography; Neolinguistics; the Eurasian movement; category of space; geographical model; sociolinguistics; language union; language contact; innovation; language borders; dialectology

The article looks at the emergence of linguistic geography as a distinct branch of linguistic science in the early twentieth century. The first part of the article deals with the predominance of the category of time in the nineteenth-century linguistics, and examines how early attempts were made to introduce the spatial factor in the study of language. It proceeds to analyse three linguistic doctrines of the 1920s, namely, the Neolinguistic school in Italy, the Eurasian movement of Russian émigrés in Europe, and early Soviet sociolignuistics, examining how the category of space became an organizing factor of their corresponding lingua-geographical models of the world. By focusing on the concept of language union, the article establishes common intellectual sources of the three movements, emphasising at the same time the crucial differences in their ideosophic platforms.

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