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Title: "Die Sprache ist das bildende Organ des Gedankens". Ein Nachdenken über die Sprachreflexion Wilhelm von Humboldts und ihren Einfluss auf die Entstehung der modernen Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachphilosophie
Authors: Ferron, Isabella
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: The main aim of this essay is to focus attention on Humboldt's idea and conception of Language and its connection with Human Thought. I think it is important also for modern Linguistic to speak and reflect on this German thinker of the 19th century, because, in his thought, the roots of the modern idea of Language can be found. Humboldt is considered neither a linguist nor a philosopher; maybe for this reason insufficient attention has been devoted to his thought. What I would like to focus on is this idea of Language as an Organism. Humboldt compares Language to a living organism, whose parts are closely connected to the whole work. With this metaphor that has often been misunderstood, Humboldt longed to describe Language in the best way, as he considered it the main way of expression of Human Thought. With and through language, the intellectual human part comes to the surface. Language is also the best medium to study and understand Man in the world. It is not only a medium or a product of human throught but also an activity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/3290
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