ABSTRACT

Thelaterhistoriographyhascreatedtheimpressionthatthefirsttwo decadesofthenineteenthcenturyweremarkedbyathoughtandresearch vacuumwhichwasslowlybeingfilledbythenewcomparative-historical linguistics.Thisisnotso;linguisticthoughtwasneithervacuousnor idle-butitwasnotmonochordeither;asshownbythecontemporary sources,thediscussionwasextraordinarilywide-ranging.