Essays in Hispanic Linguistics: Dedicated to Paul M. Lloyd

Essays in Hispanic Linguistics: Dedicated to Paul M. Lloyd

Essays in Hispanic Linguistics: Dedicated to Paul M. Lloyd

Essays in Hispanic Linguistics: Dedicated to Paul M. Lloyd

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It's often said that all good ideas come to mind in three vital locations: the bus, the bath, and the bed. To justify this volume in honor of Paul Lloyd, we will have to add another locus as well, the bar. In the Spring of 1997, Paul and many of his professional friends were attending the IV Conference of the Asociación de la Historia de la Lengua Española in Logroño, Spain. On one particular night--as luck would have it, Paul stayed in the hotel preparing for his plenary session the next day--a group of us set out to savor the local Riojan reds (Paul prefers beer, you may remember) and talk over good times in the old-quarter Logroño bars. There, plans were hatched to create a Festschrift in Paul Lloyd's honor and publish it to coincide with his 1998 Spring retirement. We failed to make that timing, but his 70th birthday the following year is an excellent fall back position.

The idea was readily accepted by all of us because Paul has been an inspiration for his professional colleagues, not only for his academic work, but also for his generous spirit and kind nature. Paul's academic work also renders great honor to his recently deceased mentor, Yakov Malkiel. Paul's special talent (in addition to his penchant for science fiction, an obvious indication of his good taste!) lies in having recognized that the advances made at the University of Pennsylvania in sociolinguistics (i.e. Labov et al.) were also relevant in the context of Spanish historical linguistics.

This is evident from his award-winning book, From Latin to Spanish. In the first chapter on the nature of sound change, Paul synthesizes a long list of theoretical research on language change and shows how to incorporate the insights from modern sociolinguistics. It is a masterful contribution to the field, quite apart from the excellent presentation of the traditional topics that follow. One would like him to continue to go on updating this book's bibliography as a full-time job, but that might put the Year's Work in Modern Languages out of business for the Spanish historical section. In short, From Latin to Spanish has become an indispensable guide for teachers and students alike.

For all of Paul's great knowledge, he is one of the most accessible and . . .

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