Who were the pioneers in field linguistics? 78

asked 2016-04-26 05:01:01 -0500

Pearl gravatar image

I'm thinking of pre-20th century researchers who compiled dictionaries/ grammars for by immersing themselves in the life and culture of the target language, possibly as part of missionary/ diplomatic work. Who are the early notables or heroes of this kind of research. Any pointers to names or books is greatly appreciated.

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