Presenting at ICFLL in Lisbon

I have been accepted for a presentation at the 1st International Conference on Foreign Language Learning (ICFLL), which will be held at Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal on June 1-2, 2020. My contribution will be entitled ‘Aprender Português através de uma pequena tela? Sobre o uso de tecnologias móveis no aprendizado de idiomas estangeiros.’ As usual, I will post the slides shortly after the conference. Stay tuned! 😊

‘The syntax of West Iberian languages’ workshop

‘The syntax of West Iberian languages: Philological and sociolinguistic aspects’ workshop at ICLC9

The 9th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference will be held in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy on May 14-15, 2020. As a part of this conference, I will organize the small workshop The Syntax of West Iberian Languages: Philological and Sociolinguistic Aspects. The topic of the workshop is very broad and contributions are accepted on any aspect of the syntax of the western Iberian languages, as long as they are treated in a contrastive perspective (in order to be consistent with the orientation of the Conference); therefore, the authors will be free to choose the specific topic they prefer.

The workshop has two objectives. On the one hand, it aims to bring together academics who are interested in the study, preservation and promotion of the regional and minority languages ​​spoken in the Iberian Peninsula. On the other hand, it aims to draw attention to the rich linguistic diversity that characterizes the west Iberian space, now endangered by the diglossic, asymmetric environment, which tends to favor the use of Spanish (or Portuguese, in the case of Miranda do Douro) in every context. I also believe that it may be important that events of this type are also organized outside the Iberian Peninsula.

Paradoxically, to facilitate the attendance of all the participants of the Conference, the languages ​​of the workshop will have to be limited to English and Spanish. However, I plan to edit a volume including the contributions of the workshop, possibly as a special issue of a journal of linguistics or Romance philology. In this case, it is not excluded that articles are admitted in the languages ​​that constitute the subject of the workshop. I also plan to record some interviews to upload to my YouTube channel about languages, as I did last August in Leipzig with Professor Augusto S. Da Silva, who spoke about the situation of Portuguese as an international language.

Hosting ICLC9 in Genoa

The 9th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference will be organized by our department!

The Ninth International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (ICLC9) will be organized by the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Genoa and held at Villa Durazzo, in Santa Margherita Ligure, on May 14-15, 2020.

We invite contributions comparing two or more languages or (synchronic/diachronic) varieties of the same language from a functional-cognitive perspective. Descriptive, philological, or sociolinguistic contributions will also be considered. We welcome workshop proposals (max. five speakers per workshop). Papers may be presented in English, Italian, German, French, or Spanish.

We plan to publish a couple of volumes collecting selected contributions.

The call of papers and more details can be found in the conference website and any inquiries should be directed to the conference e-mail address.

 

 

Invited talk at Universidade Católica Portuguesa

On October 14, 2019, I had the pleasure to be invited by professor Augusto Soares da Silva to present at a small workshop on Cognitive / Construction Grammar at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Braga, Portugal, along with Dr. Joana Jacinto and Dr. Maitê Moraes Gil. The slides of my talk, entitled ‘Alguns (potenciais) pontos cegos ontológicos e epistemológicos no quadro teórico da Gramática das Construções,’ are now available for download.

A joint presentation at SLE52

harry potter (2)On August 21-24, 2019, Cristiano Broccias and I will be jointly presenting a paper at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE52), which will take place at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Our contribution will be entitled ‘Extravagant Harry Potter adverbs in American English: Synchronic and diachronic considerations’ and will be part of the Extravagant Morphology workshop, organized by Dagmar Haumann and Matthias Eitelmann.

What are ‘Harry Potter adverbs’? They are subject-oriented –ingly adjuncts, typically found in fiction (as in the Harry Potter series). They are formed out of verbs that can be predicated of the matrix subject either subjectively or objectively. In the former case, the verbal base (e.g., plead) pertains to the speaker’s subjective assessment of the process profiled by the matrix verb (e.g., look) as a clue to the emotional state the clausal trajector is or, rather, seems to be (e.g., ‘Neville looked pleadingly at Harry, Ron and Hermione,’ i.e., ‘Neville {seemed to be /*was} pleading Harry, Ron and Hermione’). In the latter case, the verbal base (e.g., [(not)] move) describes a process unfolding simultaneously with that profiled by the matrix verb and predicated of the clausal trajector (e.g., ‘[H]e stared unmovingly at the sea,’ i.e., ‘He {*seemed not to be/was not} moving (as he stared at the sea).’

The abstract and the slides of our talk will be uploaded on this website shortly after the conference.

A joint presentation at BICLCE8

speaking in GermanyCristiano Broccias and I will present a contribution at the 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE8), which will be held at the University of Bamberg, Germany on September 26-28, 2019. Our contribution will be entitled, ‘The material VVing construction: A corpus-based investigation.’ Stay tuned!