1887
Volume 14, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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SUMMARYBloomfield's contribution to Austronesian linguistics was quantitatively small, but qualitatively of high importance. He published only one book and one article on Philippine languages. His gigantic Tagdlog Texts with Grammatical Analysis (1917) is still, after seventy years, the best single source of information in existence for an Austronesian language. It exemplified a successful application of descriptive analytical method to material dictated by an informant, and as such was an important step in the development of Bloomfield's principles of linguistic analysis. As such, it represents a major advance over his 1914 Introduction to the Study of Language. The importance and value of his Tagdlog Texts have never been given fully adequate recognition. His other contribution, the short "Outline of Ilocano Syntax" (1942) is a tour de force in demonstrating the possibility of making so economical statement as to cover in less than seven pages the entire taxonomic syntax of a language.RÉSUMÉLa contribution de Bloomfield a la linguistique austronesienne fut quantitativement petite, mais au point de vue de la qualite, elle fut tres.im-portante. II ne publia qu'un livre et un article qui traiterent de langues Philippines. Son livre gigantesque Textes Tagdlog avec analyse grammaticale (1917) est toujours, apres soixante-dix ans, la meilleure source d'informa-tions qui existe pour une langue austronesienne. Ce livre fournit une demonstration exemplaire de l'application de la méthode analytique descriptive a des materiaux dictes par un informateur. De cette faÇon, il marque une etape importante dans le developpement professionnel de Bloomfield apres son Introduction a l'etude du langage (1914). L'importance et la valeur de ses Textes Tagdlog n'ont jamais ete reconnues d'une faÇon satisfaisante. Son autre contribution, le court article "Esquisse de la syntaxe de l'Tloca-no" (1942) est un "tour de force" qui demontre la possibilité de donner un resume economique, dans moins de sept pages, de toute la syntaxe taxono-mique d'une langue.
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