I am happy to announce the release, 11 months and one day after the SIALNI1 event (Genoa, May 21, 2021), of ‘El Mapa Lingüístico del Noroccidente Ibérico: Contacto, Variación y Cambio’, a volume that collects some contributions to the SIALNI1 event + a few essays by some invited authors. It was an extraordinary experience to collaborate with all of them and, of course, prof. Alfonso Zamorano Aguilar, the director of the LINCOM series Studies in Spanish Linguistics. On November 18, we’ll be back with SIALNI2, this time in Oviedo, Asturias! I hope to see you all there! 🙂
My reviews of the following books have recently been published on the LINGUIST List website:
- Aleksi Mäkilähde, Ville Leppanon and Esa Itkonen’s (2020) edited volume ‘Normativity in Language and Linguistics’ (John Benjamins). Read it online or download the PDF!
- Tjerk Hagemeijer, Philippe Maurer-Checchini and Armando Zamora Segorbe’s (2020) ‘A Grammar of Fa d’Ambô’ (Mouton De Gruyter). Read it online or download the PDF!
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: 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 (for the sake of consistency 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.
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.
My fellowship at the University of Genoa has been renewed for another year. As a consequence, my research project ‘English construction grammar(s): Between description and cognition’ is entering a new phase. In 2020, my research will focus on the simultaneity network in (the history of) English. Stay tuned!
I will soon receive the book ‘As variedades do português no ensino do português língua não materna’ edited by Christian Koch and Daniel Reimann (Narr Francke Attempto) and review it for the LINGUIST List. The book is a collection of studies on the role of language varieties in the practice of teaching Portuguese as a second language. I can’t wait to receive my review copy and start reading the book!
The new ‘Exploring Language(s)’ video is an interview with professor Augusto Soares da Silva (UCP – Braga ) on the status of Portuguese as an international language. We recorded the interview in Portuguese; then I manually added the subtitles in the three ‘official languages’ of the channel. Watch it with the subtitles in your favorite language! 😉
As usual, the links to the video will be stored in the video repository.
The new ‘Exploring Language(s)’ video is now online. It is the second part of a comparison between Spanish and Italian, two Romance languages whose differences are too often undervalued. In this second episode, I will deal with issues regarding grammar and lexicon. Watch it in the language you prefer! 😉
The links to all YouTube videos are listed in reverse chronological order here.