When is Morphology studied?

Morphology Timeline

whenismorphkey6th Century BC

  • Morphological studies date back here.
  • At this time the ancient linguist Panini (see History of Linguistics) formulated 3,959 rules of Sanskrit morphology.[1]

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1200 BCE

  • Greco-Roman grammatical tradition interest in morphological analysis an studies in Arabic morphology by Marāḥ al-arwāḥ and Aḥmad b. ‘alī Mas‘ūd.[2]

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1920s

  • Prague School: earliest group of linguists who set up their own literary circle.
  • Used functioning frameworks and theories.[3]
  • Influential to Michael Halliday when developing his own ideas on systemic functional grammar.[4]

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Mid 20th Century

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Late 20th Century

  • Copenhagen School has changed approach from structural to functional[5] (see table below).

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1970S

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1980s

  • Robert Van Valin (Role and reference grammar): engages functional analytical framework with a more formal mode of explanation. [8]

References

[1] Digital South Asia Library [online] Available at: http://dsal.uchicago.edu/reference/gazetteer/pager.html?objectid=DS405.1.I34_V02_298.gif [Accessed 15.05.2013].
[2] Wikipedia – Morphology (linguistics) page [online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphology_(linguistics)#cite_note-0 [Accessed 15.05.2013]
[3] Prague Linguistics [online] Available at: http://www.praguelinguistics.org/en/about [Accessed 15.05.2013].
[4] hInternational Systematic Functional Linguistics Association [online] Available at: http://www.isfla.org/Systemics/definition.html [Accessed 15.05.2013]
[5] Seuren, Pieter A. M., (1998). Western linguistics: a historical introduction. London: Blackwell.
[6] University of Essex (2012) Lexical Functional Grammar [online] Available at: http://www.essex.ac.uk/linguistics/external/LFG/ [Accessed: 15.05/2013].
[7] Functional Discourse Grammar website (2009) [online] Available at: http://home.hum.uva.nl/fdg/Home_index.asp [Accessed: [15.05.2013].
[8] hRole and Reference Grammar [online] available at: http://wings.buffalo.edu/linguistics//people/faculty/vanvalin/rrg.html [Accessed 15.05.2013].
[9] Wikipedia – Functional Discourse Grammar Page [online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_discourse_grammar#cite_note-0[Accessed 18.05.2013].