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MorrisHalle(1923-2018)PaulKiparskyStanfordUniversityIn1940MorrisHalle,17yearsold,managedtoemigrateinthenickoftimewithhisparentsfromhisnativeLatviatotheUnitedStates.AftertwoyearsofengineeringstudyinCityCollege,NewYork,hewasdraftedintotheU.S.ArmyandsenttoEurope,whereheendedupparticipatingintheliberationofParis.Dischargedin1946,hebegantostudySlavicandgenerallinguistics,firstattheUniversityofChicago,andthenatColumbiaUniversitywithRomanJakobson,whomhefollowedtoHarvardin1949.In1951hewashiredatMITtoteachRussianandGermaninthedepartmentofModernLanguages,andtoworkonphoneticsintheResearchLaboratoryofElectronics(RLE),thepeacetimeincarnationoftheRadiationLaboratorywheremuchoftheearlyworkonradarhadbeendone.ShabbilyhousedinthelegendaryBuilding20,whereitwouldlaterbejoinedbytheLinguisticsDepartment,RLEwasarichintellectualenvironmentthatreflectedthescientificfermentofthepostwarera,withelectricalengineers,mathematicians,biologists,psychologists,aswellasresearchersonlanguageengagedinavarietyofprojectsonmachi...