Taska, Betty Keene. “Grammar and
Linguistics in the Encyclopédie.” The French Review, vol. 46, no. 6, American Association of Teachers of French, 1973, pp. 1159–71. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/388315.
Taska introduces her article with an explanation of the 18th century’s struggle to find a way to maintain and preserve knowledge through a language that is continuously changing. Each grammarian, she explains, had to be a philosophe in order to contribute to the idea of an unchanging, stable language. After quickly giving context to the history of the study of grammar, Taska focuses on the Encyclopédie, and its vast number of articles under that category. Since it is nearly impossible to perform an in-depth study all of the grammar articles in one article, Taska pulls out those that are the most important to grammarian logic of the 18th century. The contributors and content are discussed (with direct quotes from many) and how the ideas contained within contribute to Enlightenment ideals of sensationalism, logic, origins of language, and specific and general grammar topics.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Grammar, Linguistics
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