Émile Benveniste, Problems in General Linguistics, Expanded Edition – HAU Books, August 2021

Émile Benveniste, Problems in General Linguistics, Expanded Edition – HAU Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press, August 2021

First published fifty years ago, Émile Benveniste’s two-volume Problèmes de linguistique générale revolutionized the study of linguistics and remain among the most influential texts in the field. This expanded edition of the first volume presents the original English translation by Mary Elizabeth Meek, produced in close collaboration with Benveniste himself, along with his hitherto untranslated articles on play, translation, singular and plural forms, and Indigenous North American languages. These works are contextualized by an introduction by editor Jordan K. Skinner and a preface by Roland Barthes. 

This new edition will delight linguists and philosophers already familiar with Benveniste and introduce his work to a new generation of students. Benveniste studies are going through an enthusiastic revival in Europe; after reading this book, readers elsewhere will understand why.

HAU books previously published his Dictionary of Indo-European Concepts and Society, which is available open access here. I imagine Problems will also be available in this way as well as in print from University of Chicago Press.

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