McElvenny, James, Dr.

P02 Researcher

James McElvenny is a linguist and historian of science whose research focuses on the history of modern linguistics. After completing his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Potsdam from 2015 to 2017, and then from 2018 to 2020 a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2020 he is a researcher in the Special Collaborative Research Centre “Media of Co-operation” at the University of Siegen.

  • History of modern linguistics
  • History of science
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy of language

McElvenny, James. 2019. ‘Alternating sounds and the formal franchise in phonology’, Form and Formalism in Linguistics, ed. James McElvenny, 35–58. Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2654351

McElvenny, James. 2018. Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism: C. K. Ogden and his contemporaries. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474425032.001.0001

 McElvenny, James. 2018. ‘August Schleicher and materialism in nineteenth-century linguistics’, Historiographia Linguistica 45.1, 133-152. DOI: 10.1075/hl.00018.mce

McElvenny, James. 2017. ‘Linguistic aesthetics from the nineteenth to the twentieth century: the case of Otto Jespersen’s “progress in language”’, History of Humanities 2.2, 417-442. DOI: 10.1086/693322

McElvenny, James. 2016. ‘The fate of form in the Humboldtian tradition: the Formungstrieb of Georg von der Gabelentz’, Language and Communication 47, 30-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2015.12.004

McElvenny, James. 2013. ‘International Language and the Everyday: contact and collaboration between C.K. Ogden, Rudolf Carnap and Otto Neurath’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21:6, 1194-1218. DOI: 10.1080/09608788.2013.825761