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, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Potsdam, and 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. Im Erscheinen. A History of Modern Linguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

McElvenny, James, Hrsg. 2023. The Limits of Structuralism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192849045.

McElvenny, James, und Clemens Knobloch. 2023. „From Sprachtheorie to Semantics and Cybernetics: Karl Bühler’s ‘Pocketbook on Practical Semantics’“. Semiotica. Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. DOI: 10.1515/sem-2022-0046 .

Ploder, Andrea, und James McElvenny, Hrsg. 2022. „Sequence Analysis in Linguistics and Social Theory“ .Gesprächsforschung 23(Special Issue). URL: Open access.

McElvenny, James, und Andrea Ploder, Hrsg. 2021. Holisms of Communication: The early history of Audio-Visual Sequence Analysis. Berlin: Language Science Press. Open Access.

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