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Explorations in Language and Linguistics

For Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday

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Edited By Łukasz Bogucki and Piotr Cap

This volume is dedicated to Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Head of the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It includes texts written by his students, colleagues and friends, dealing with a variety of urgent, widely discussed topics in the contemporary language studies. Spanning contributions from language history, philosophy, rhetoric and argumentation, methodology, and discourse studies, it provides an authoritative outline of the field and a timely response to the existing challenges, thus making for a concise handbook of modern linguistics. It is recommended to graduate students of philology, as well as researchers working in linguistics and other disciplines within the broad spectrum of humanities and social sciences.

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Introduction (Łukasz Bogucki / Piotr Cap)

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Introduction

This volume is dedicated to Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Philology, currently Head of the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Piotr Stalmaszczyk is one of the best known Polish linguists. He is a member of, among others, the Committee of Linguistics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Linguistic Society, the Polish Philological Society, and the Łódź Learned Society. His academic output is so prolific that the bibliography included in this volume lists only monographs for the sake of space.

The volume’s generic title “Explorations in Language and Linguistics” is intentional. Piotr Stalmaszczyk’s academic interests span an extremely wide spectrum, from Celtology and language contact, through semantics, pragmatics, generative grammar, theoretical linguistics, to logic and philosophy of language. The dozen chapters in the volume, all authored by scholars affiliated with the Institute of English Studies in Łódź and Polish academics who have collaborated with Piotr Stalmaszczyk in the past, reflect these areas and due to their heterogeneity and academic quality would not only constitute pleasant reading matter for Professor Stalmaszczyk himself, but also make for a concise handbook of contemporary linguistics.

It is one thing to have diverse research interests, though, and quite another to be able to clearly see the big picture, the complex web of interrelations between them and their implications for the development of the humanities. The latter is...

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