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Title: The Nature of the Word
Subtitle: Studies in Honor of Paul Kiparsky
Edited By: Kristin Hanson
Sharon Inkelas
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262582803
Series Title: Current Studies in Linguistics
Description:

Paul Kiparsky's work in linguistics has been wide-ranging and fundamental.
His contributions as a scholar and teacher have transformed virtually every
subfield of contemporary linguistics, from generative phonology to poetic
theory. This collection of essays on the word - the fundamental entity of
language - by Kiparsky's colleagues, students, and teachers reflects the
distinctive focus of his own attention and his influence in the field.

As the editors of the volume observe, Kiparsky approaches words much as a
botanist approaches plants, fascinated equally by their beauty, their
structure, and their evolution. The essays in this volume reflect these
multiple perspectives. The contributors discuss phonology, morphology,
syntax and semantics bearing on the formal composition of the word;
historical linguistic developments emphasizing the word's simultaneous
idiosyncratic character and participation in a system; and metrical and
poetic forms showing the significance of Kiparsky's ideas for literary
theory. Collectively they develop the overarching idea that the nature of
the word is not directly observable but nonetheless inferable.

Contributors:
Stephen R. Anderson, Arto Anttila, Juliette Blevins, Geert Booij, Young-mee
Yu Cho, Cleo Condoravdi, B. Elan Dresher, Andrew Garrett, Carlos
Gussenhoven, Morris Halle, Kristin Hanson, Bruce Hayes, Larry M. Hyman,
Sharon Inkelas, S. D. Joshi, René Kager, Ellen Kaisse, Aditi Lahiri, K. P.
Mohanan, Tara Mohanan, Cemil Orhan Orgun, Christopher Piñón, William J.
Poser, Douglas Pulleyblank, J. A. F. Roodbergen, Háj Ross, Patricia Shaw,
Galen Sibanda, Donca Steriade, John Stonham, Stephen Wechsler, Dieter
Wunderlich, Draga Zec.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0262083795
ISBN-13: 9780262083799
Pages: 600
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ISBN: 0262582805
ISBN-13: 9780262582803
Pages: 600
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