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New Book to Honor Kenneth L. Pike

Wise, Mary Ruth; Thomas N. Headland; Ruth M. Brend, editors. 2003. Language and Life: Essays in Memory of Kenneth L. Pike. SIL International and The University of Texas at Arlington Publications in Linguistics 139. Dallas, Texas. 646 p.

DALLAS, TX (December 18, 2003) Dr. Kenneth L. Pike was a scholar who shaped his worldview around the phenomenon of language itself, then helped his students see out of his window. Though he never insisted his students adopt his worldview, he encouraged them to try it and then articulate the problems they found while using it.

The intention of this new volume is not to explain Pike’s theoretical concepts, but rather to focus on a few of the recurring themes in Pike’s work. Readers will find a rich overview of his life and philosophy. He considered all aspects of life—language, culture, worldview, religion, and ways of thinking and learning—to be a coherent whole.

Pike’s work with SIL International took him to many parts of the world as a consultant and lecturer. He worked with speakers of hundreds of indigenous languages as well as with SIL field linguists studying those languages. At the same time, he interacted with scholars at international conferences and lectured at universities in many countries. Essays in this collection include papers by authors from at least ten countries and six disciplines.

Through the contributing authors’ own words, this volume illustrates how Pike influenced and contributed to their lives and work.

Language and Life: Essays in Memory of Kenneth L. Pike and other books about and by Kenneth L. Pike are available to be purchased either through SIL International Publications on-line catalog or by contacting the publisher.