In the Realm of Slavic Philology: To Honor the Teaching and Scholarship of Dean S. Worth from His UCLA Students

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John Dingley and L. Ferder, eds. In the Realm of Slavic Philology: To Honor the Teaching and Scholarship of Dean S. Worth From his UCLA Students. Bloomington: Slavica, 2000. 275 pp.

If one could imagine a Festschrift for a scholar, teacher, and mentor that does in fact honor the individual in an appropriate fashion, then this is the one. This is a brilliant volume in so many respects, but primarily because the contributions are uniformly outstanding, and because it provides graphic evidence (if that were needed) of the immense role Dean Worth has played in the development of the field of Slavic-and to some extent non-Slavic-philology. The contributions are devoted to topics covering a wide array of subjects and disciplines within Slavic philology as a whole, including Russian/Slavic languages and linguistics (primarily synchronie, although there is an article focussing on an early Russian text), language contact, literature, and history. Studies on Russian include: Sung-ho Choi's "Modal Parenthetic Words in Russian," Laura A. Janda's "From TORT to TuRT/TruT: Prototype Patterning in the Spread of the Russian N(A)pl. -a," Richard D. Schupbach's "-OST': Homonymie Interference and the 'Diglossia' of Russian Styles," and Lingyao Lai Walsh's "The General Meaning of the imet' 'Have' Construction in Russian." Contributions examining more than one Slavic language or language contact are: Andrew R. Corin's "Componential Analysis of Slavic Case: A New Look at an Old Idea," John Dingley's "The Category of Animacy in Slavic and Other Languages," Masako U. Fidler's "Positive Existentiality and Politeness: A Contrastive Study of Czech, Russian, and Japanese," Jules F. Levin's "On Hennig's Prussian Dictionary," and Melvin A. Strom's "On Finno-Ugric Substrata Influence in Russian Accentuation." The one article devoted to an early text is Marc L. Greenberg's thought-provoking "Sound Repetition and Metaphorical Structure in the Igor' Tale." Representing the field of literature we find Grace E. …


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