‘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.

 

 

One more year at the University of Genoa

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!

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 post in ‘History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences’

My contribution to James McElvenny’s blog ‘History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences’ is now online. It stems from the presentation I gave at the SHESL-HTL conference in Paris last January and discusses the place of the journal WORD in the history of linguistics.

‘Exploring Language(s)’ – video 05 out now!

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. 🇵🇹🇧🇷 The interview was recorded in Portuguese but the subtitles were manually added in the three ‘official languages’ of the channel:

🇬🇧 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRaK8NM1e5g
🇪🇸 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=org4reB65jI
🇮🇹 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF5EaTimK-8

As usual, the links to the video will be stored in the video repository.

First YouTube video out now

The ‘Exploring Language(s)’ YouTube channel is officially kicking off! 🙂

A short video introducing my YouTube channel ‘Exploring Language(s)’ is now available. You can watch it in your favorite language by clicking on the relevant link below or on this page, where an archive of all YouTube videos will be available, in reverse chronological order.

🇬🇧 ‘What is Exploring Language(s)?’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq_1zJPFmdI

🇪🇸 ‘Qué es Exploring Language(s)?’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWcjvfPNMro

🇮🇹 ‘Che cos’è Exploring Language(s)?’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UrfxcFSP80

This is just a short introductory video. Frankly speaking, I know that the result is not perfect: it is quite evident that I was not at ease in front of the camera. Moreover, the recording and editing of a simple video took me days and was quite stressful. However, I am very happy to launch the channel. It is the beginning of a new project that is making me rediscover the joy of learning something new from scratch, through a process of trial and error. In my next videos, I will do my best to get better and better results. 🙂