- Luick revisited. Papers read at the Luick-Symposium at Schloß Liechtenstein, 15.-18.9. 1985 Ed. by Dieter Kastovsky and Gero BAUER, in collaboration with Jacek Fisiak (review)
- Linguistic Society of America
- Volume 66, Number 1, March 1990
- pp. 194-195
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194 LANGUAGE, VOLUME 66, NUMBER 1 (1990) one are in English, more than two thirds of the contributors are from Germanophone areas: seventeen from West Germany, three from Austria , two from Berlin, and one from East Germany . Of the remaining contributors, five are from Belgium, two each from England, Scotland , and Poland, and only one from the United States. Is West Germany in fact the center ofcurrent work in lexical semantics? One might think so after reading Horst Geckeler's paper 'Major Aspects of the Lexematics of the Tübingen School of Semantics' (11-12) and noting, thanks to the excellent name index (426-31), both that Eugene Coseriu (the second-most-frequentlycited scholar) is the founder of the Tübingen School and that Dieter Kastovsky and Leonhard Lipka—also frequently cited, as well as being contributors to this volume—belong to this school, as does Geckeler himself. Looking at other scholars whose work serves frequently as source, however, suggests a different picture. Of the dozen scholars most often cited in this volume, five are (or were) based in the United States (George Lakoff, Charles Fillmore , Eleanor Rosch, Uriel Weinreich, Jerrold J. Katz) and one (John Lyons) in England. George Lakoff is not only the scholar cited most frequently (on 45 pages, whereas Coseriu is mentioned on 33), but his recent Women, fire, and dangerous things: What categories reveal about the mind (University of Chicago Press, 1987) is the single most-frequently-cited scholarly work. Dirk Geeraerts, in 'Katz revisited. Aspects of the history of lexical semantics' (2335 ), underlines the importance of Jerrold Katz, also an American scholar, to the field. After reading the whole collection, I believe that the geographic concentration of the contributors is more a matter of the logistics of getting to international conferences than a limit on representation. The views and approaches represented are in fact as highly varied as the editors suggest; even Lipka's contribution goes well beyond the lexematic orthodoxy of the Tübingen School. The editors express their hope that these papers 'will pave the way for further interesting research' (1), and the rich references alone, mostly to very current scholarship — 19 of the papers have no reference earlier than 1960, nearly half of the references are to work published since 1980, and eight papers refer to forthcoming publications—go some way toward fulfilling this goal. There are, however , few internal references to other papers in the volume. The volume's 'key word index' (432-43) gives readers quick access to the topics covered, though a comparison of the editors' summary of the topics on p. 1 with the key terms mentioned (or at least indexed) most frequently (conceptual structure, semantic feature, metaphor , word-formation, structural semantics) suggests some misperception on the editors' part. Overall, as with many collections of conference papers, there is little coherence; any overview of the current 'state of the art' in lexical semantics must be obtained inductively from reading the individual papers. Since each of these is addressed principally to readers with a high level of prior knowledge of its author's special topic, their usefulness is idiosyncratic. A less specialized reader will wish that the editors had provided more of an interpretive context. [Bruce A. Beatie, Cleveland State University.] Luick revisited. Papers read at the Luick-Symposium at Schloß Liechtenstein, 15.-18.9. 1985. Ed. by Dieter Kastovsky and Gero BAUERt, in collaboration with Jacek Fisiak. (Tübinger Beiträge zur Linguistik 288). Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1988. Pp. xxvii, 466. $64.00. The symposium in memory of Karl Luick (1865-1935), author of the great Historische Grammatik der Englischen Sprache (19211940 ), brought together many prominent linguists in the field of English. Their papers constitute a valuable introduction to the presentday state of the art in English historical phonology . The volume is dedicated to the memory of Vienna's Gero Bauer, one of the editors. It contains a bibliography of Karl Luick's writings (xiii-xxvii); then, in Part I, articles by G. Bauer and others treat Luick's scholarly work, particularly in historical English phonology (J. Fisiak) and historical English dialectology (Klaus Dietz). Udo Fries can only mention four minor notes published by Luick on...