René Paul Victor Kiparsky
|Awards||Alexander von Humboldt Prize (1993) Swedish Academy Prize (2013)|
|Doctoral advisor||Morris Halle|
Kiparsky was born in Helsinki. He studied at Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo), the University of Helsinki and the University of Minnesota. Kiparsky was a student of Morris Halle at MIT, where he received his PhD in 1965. For two decades, from 1965 to 1984, he taught at MIT, and since 1984 he has taught at Stanford University, where he is Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences.  His PhD thesis "Phonological Change" (1965) and his subsequent work on historical linguistics helped form the modern generative view of this area. He is the founder of Lexical Phonology and Morphology (LPM) and a noted Pini scholar. He made fundamental contributions to the generative theory of poetic meter and morphosyntax.