I will be a member of the scientific committee of the second conference of the Society for the Analysis of Cultural Topics and Linguistic Identities n’Asturies (SAnTINA), which will be held online on May 3-4, 2023. I am grateful to Dr. Isabel Álvarez Sancho (Oklahoma State University) for inviting me to help and be part of such an interesting event.
A new book review on the horizon
In the next few months, I am going to review the following book for the LinguistList:
Amaral, Patrícia, and Delicado Cantero, Manuel. 2022. Noun-based constructions in the history of Portuguese and Spanish. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
I’m looking forward to receiving my copy and reading the book! Stay tuned! 🙂
New website translation
I am glad to announce that I will be in charge of the English version of the Think FWD Factory website, an open-plan coworking space located in Cogoleto, near Genoa, Italy. I am excited to take on this new challenge, as I have always been interested in business language and the use of English to reach out to new customers! Stay tuned!
A book on the languages of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula
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! 🙂
A new book review on the horizon
I will soon receive and review for the LINGUIST List the book A Grammar of Fa d’Ambô written by T. Hegemeijer, P. Maurer-Cecchini, and A. Zamora Segourbe. I am looking forward to reading the first grammar of Fa d’Ambô ever written in English. I will post the link to the review as soon as it is published (I guess it will take about 6-8 months)… By the way, what is Fa d’Ambô?
Fa d’Ambô is a Portuguese-based creole language, spoken in the Isle of Ano-Bom, in Equatorial Guinea, and this is its history in a nutshell. As the Portuguese found the island uninhabited in the 15th C., they brought in slaves from São Tomé e Príncipe (and, to a much lesser extent, Angola). With the Tratado de El Pardo, signed in 1778 by King Carlos III of Spain and Queen Maria I of Portugal, Spain gave Portugal lands in South America, receiving territories in the Guinea Gulf in exchange. Consequently, the Isle of Ano-Bom and what is today Equatorial Guinea went under Spanish rule. Over time, the local population adapted to the new culture and the Spanish language, giving rise to a new mixed language. The new language is mostly based on São-tomense, a Portuguese-based creole also known as Forro. However, approximately 10% of its lexicon is based on Spanish, the official language of Equatorial Guinea.
UKCLC 2020 slides available
At the 7th United Kingdom Cognitive Linguistics Conference – UK-CLC2020, Cristiano Broccias and I gave a presentation entitled ‘The material V (NP) Ving construction within the V & Ving network.’ Download the slides! 😉 The online event was hosted by the University of Birmingham on July 27-29, 2020.
A co-authored chapter out now
The book The Diachrony of Ditransitives, edited by Chiara Fedriani and Maria Napoli, has recently been released on Mouton De Gruyter. The volume comprises contributions on the evolution of ditransitive constructions in several languages. It includes a chapter on the history of the English dative and benefactive alternations co-authored by Cristiano Broccias and myself. Have a look at the synopsis and the contents of the book! 😉
ICLC9 put off
Due to the current global Covid-19 emergency, the 9th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference has been postponed to next year.
Updates will be provided in due course.
My reviews of Kanetani (2019) and Koch & Reimann (2019) are now online
My reviews of the following books have just been published on the LINGUIST List website:
- Masaru Kanetani’s (2019) monograph ‘Causation and reasoning constructions’ (John Benjamins). Read it online or download the PDF! 🙂
- Christian Koch and Daniel Reimann’s (2019) edited volume ‘As variedades do português no ensino do português língua não materna’ (Narr Francko Attempte). Read it online or download the PDF! 🙂
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! 😊