Words: Structure, Meaning, Function: A Festschrift for Dieter Kastovsky

Words: Structure, Meaning, Function: A Festschrift for Dieter Kastovsky

Words: Structure, Meaning, Function: A Festschrift for Dieter Kastovsky

Words: Structure, Meaning, Function: A Festschrift for Dieter Kastovsky


The thematic connections between the articles assembled in this volume mirror the central role of the word. With formal and descriptive aspects of the word at the centre, the contributions branch out into phonology, syntax, pragmatics and, most importantly, semantics.


Arthur Mettinger

Anybody who has met Dieter Kastovsky recently will find it hard to think of him as rapidly approaching his sixtieth birthday. This human dynamo seems to simultaneously give papers in all four corners of the world, to produce an ever growing number of books and articles (as is shown by his impressive bibliography), to deftly steer the courses of more than one department at the University of Vienna, or to be organising one of his firstat-Schloss-Liechtenstein-now-in-Tulln-conferences on various aspects of the history of the English language. Moreover, while other people after a day’s or a week’s work enjoy the simple pleasures of home life, Dieter and his charming wife can be seen waltzing in Vienna’s most beautiful ballrooms or listening to Wagnerian tunes in Vienna’s State Opera.

And yet, there was a strong feeling among Dieter’s friends mat compiling a festschrift on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday would be a nice thing to do. It soon turned out, in fact, that the great number of eminent linguists among Dieter’s friends who wanted to contribute would have made this volume about three times its size - so the editors decided to strictly limit the topics of contributions to those areas of general and English linguistics that have formed the core of Dieter Kastovsky’s scholarly work for the past thirty years. The contributions in this volume thus mirror the wide scope of Dieter’s interests:

His work on the history of English (mainly Old English) includes also more general issues in historical linguistics such as linguistic typology, internal mechanisms of linguistic change, and historical morphology. Inflectional morphology, and particularly morphonological processes, have been treated by Dieter Kastovsky synchronically, diachronically, and from a contrastive point of view. The area that he has been strongly associated with for a long time is derivational morphology, i.e. word-formation: in a great number of descriptive and theoretical works he has dealt with various aspects of, mainly English, word-formation (formal and functional aspects, problems of productivity, links between word-formation and semantics). Moreover, in me course of time Dieter Kastovsky has become one of the most important historiographers of central European wordformation in general and Hans Marchand’s work in particular. Semantics . . .

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