The works of E.M. Uhlenbeck (1913-2003): An annotated bibliography

Mark Janse
2008 Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde  
An annotated bibliography 1 Eugenius Marius Uhlenbeck -Bob as he was known to his friends -was a mul ti facited (or many-sided) and multi-talented person. He was an accomplished scholar in the fields of Javanese language and lit er at ure and in general linguistics holding the chairs in these disciplines at Leiden University from 1950-1983 and 1958-1979 respectively. In the Netherlands and abroad he was widely acclaimed as an elder 'statesman'. 2 His publications reflect his rare combination of
more » ... rare combination of talents. I will limit myself here to brief comments about his publications on linguistics, both general and Jav an e se linguistics. Bob was convinced that linguistic descriptions should be theory-driven and con v ersely, that lin guis tic theory-building should be based on exhaustive analyses of natural lan guage data derived from a wide range of different languages and different language families. Hence he systematically backed his num er ous publications on Old and Modern Javanese with theor etical articles, especially on morphology, syntax, semantics and the rel ation between word and morpheme as well as that between word and sentence. Bob belonged to the theoretical school of European structuralist; later he would qualify his position as that of a 'func tion al struc turalist' (Uhlenbeck 1987b). He was keen ly aware of the continuity between Neo-Bloom fieldian (aka American structuralist) and gen erativist conceptions of language (Uh len beck 1979a). As one of the editors of Lingua he was per sonally involved in the gen e sis and development of gen erative grammar, of which he be came one of its first and cer tain ly one of its most tenac i ous critics (Uhlenbeck 1973a). He emphasized the centrality of the word as the fun da m ental unit of language and denounced the overemphasis on formal aspects of gram mar to the ne glect of sem an tics, in Neo-Bloomfieldian and generat iv ist theories of language. The centrality of the word clear ly emerges from Bob's theory of morphology, ac cor d ing to which 'mor phemes are al ways dependent on and subordinate to the word category 1 The following bibliography is a revised and annotated update of an earlier version published in 1996 in the Bio-Bibliographical Series of the Centre international de Dia lec t ologie gé né rale of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Janse and Swiggers 1996:19-33). It is completely crossreferenced, annotated and pro vid ed with an index for ease of reference. I would like to thank Mrs Mariëtte Uhlenbeck-Winkel for her assistance in the compilation of the bibliography.
doi:10.1163/22134379-90003648 fatcat:bh7xbmmk5rartcp6zzrfqzzy4q