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Multiple Perspectives on English Philology and History of Linguistics

A Festschrift for Shoichi Watanabe on his 80 th Birthday

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Edited By Tetsuji Oda and Hiroyuki Eto

This collection of articles covers a wide range of topics in English philology and history of linguistics. The volume proceeds from Old English studies offering a unique perspective and approach in literary and linguistic research into Anglo-Saxon England. Two articles deal with English phonology from both historical and contemporary standpoints, and another with a theoretical discussion of etymological inquiry. The last section contains three articles focusing on the history of linguistics or the history of ideas. The wide range of topics addressed in the 12 chapters of this volume reflects the diversity of interests in the research efforts of Shoichi Watanabe, professor emeritus at Sophia University, to whom this volume is dedicated by his former students. He is not only highly valued as a distinguished professor of English philology, but also acknowledged for his critique of civilization with his unique view of history and culture.

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Preface It is our greatest pleasure and privilege to present this volume to honor Professor Shoichi Watanabe on the occasion of his 80th birthday on October 15, 2010. The contributors, all of whom are his former stu- dents, hereby take the opportunity to express thanks and appreciation to their most distinguished professor for his unceasing devotion to education and his insatiable quest for knowledge. We are very grateful to the contributors who so readily agreed to join in this project and submitted a paper in good time. We would particularly wish to thank Kohei Nagase and Makoto Ikeda for their participation in the pre- liminary discussions to make this publication possible, and Prof. Maurizio Gotti, the series editor, for his comments on individual papers. Furthermore, we acknowledge the kind support of the staff of Peter Lang, and in particular Ms. Ursula Rettinghaus for the care she has taken during the preparation of this book. The Editors

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