The sociology of language in Johann David Michaelis's dissertation of 1760.

@article{Smith1976TheSO,
  title={The sociology of language in Johann David Michaelis's dissertation of 1760.},
  author={Richard N. Smith},
  journal={Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences},
  year={1976},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={338-46}
}
  • Richard N. Smith
  • Published 1976 in Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences
In 1759 Johann David Michaelis won a prize from the Prussian Royal Academy for his essay Beantwortung der Frage von dem Einfluss der Meinungen in die Sprache, und der sprache in die Meinungen. The essay was published in the following year and translated into French in 1762, into English in 1769, and into Dutch in 1771. The work has two major themes--linguistic relativity and language change--with ancillary discussions of language in general and of homonymy. Its most significant contribution to… CONTINUE READING