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From Cosmopolitan to Vernacular in the Language Sciences: A Global History Perspective (2023)


Sheldon Pollock's justly famous work on cosmopolitan orders and processes of vernacularization in the worlds of Latinity and Sanskrit invites questions of a comparative and global-historical character. I will raise such questions in the context of the Persianate cosmopolitan order, especially as exemplified by the early modern Ottoman Empire, focusing on the wave of vernacularizations this empire witnessed in the seventeenth–eighteenth centuries. In this process of vernacularization, new vernacular forms of philological learning appear to have played a crucial role. Building on Bourdieu's work, I will try to analyze the Ottoman cosmopolitan as a pre-modern form of linguistic domination, and vernacularization as a form of resistance. Moving beyond Bourdieu, I will be arguing for a genealogical approach that is alive to premodern non-European philological traditions, and to the historically variable relation between (philological) knowledge and power.

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Article Floris Solleveld (2023) Language in the Global History of Knowledge. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (pp. 7-17). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Brentjes, Sonja
Brooke, John
Elman, Benjamin A.
Guha, Sumit
Henderson, Felicity
Hilaire-Pérez, Liliane
Intellectual History of the Islamicate World
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Historiographia Linguistica: International Journal for the History of the Language Sciences
History of European Ideas
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
Presses Universitaires de France
Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA)
Franco Cesati Editore
Language and languages
Linguistics; philology
Cross-cultural comparison
Science and religion
Terminology and nomenclature
Bulwer, John
Descartes, René
Galilei, Galileo
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Mustafa b. `Abdallah (Haggi Khalifa; Katib Chelebi)
Bellot, Jacques
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
19th century
Early modern
10th century
Ottoman Empire
Vienna (Austria)
Great Britain
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Royal Society of London
Habsburg, House of

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