Honoring Stephen Anderson
The Department of Linguistics recently held a symposium, entitled Taking the Langue View, celebrating the retirement of Professor Emeritus Steve Anderson. As a longtime faculty member and department chair, Steve’s career has had a lasting impact not only on the Department, but on the field of linguistics as a whole. Steve is known for contributing fundamental ideas to all aspects of linguistic theory, including phonology, syntax, and especially morphology.
The symposium, held on May 18, began with remarks from department chair Bob Frank and dean Tamar Gendler of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Invited talks were given by friends and colleagues of Steve. These invited speakers are listed below.
- Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University)
- Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University)
- Frederick J. Newmeyer (University of Washington, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University)
- Ellen M. Kaisse (University of Washington)
- Höskuldur Thráinsson (University of Iceland)
- Louis Goldstein (University of Southern California)
- Larry Horn (Yale University)
Titles and abstracts from the talks are available on the symposium website.
At the conclusion of the symposium, Steve was presented with a Festschrift entitled On looking into words (and beyond): Structures, Relations, Analyses. This volume, available from Language Science Press, consists of twenty-six papers covering topics relating to Steve’s work, from morphological gaps to issues of language learnability.
We thank Steve for his service to our department and our field, and we wish him all the best!