UKCLC 2020 slides available

At the 7th United Kingdom Cognitive Linguistics ConferenceUK-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! 😉

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! 😊

‘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 (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.

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!

‘Exploring Language(s)’ video 02 is out now!

Why it is time to accept that the English language today is a diversity policentric entity, and no variety is inherently superior to (or more real than) any other.

The new video is out now! Watch it in the language you prefer! 😉

🇬🇧 The myth of ‘real English’:

🇪🇸 El mito del ‘verdadero inglés’:

🇮🇹 Il mito del ‘vero inglese’:

The links to all YouTube videos are listed in reverse chronological order here.

Reviewing a new book on grammar

I will soon receive Masaru Kanetani’s new book ‘Causation and reasoning constructions’ (John Benjamins Publishing) and review it for the LINGUIST List. The book deals with the expression of causal relations and reasoning processes, which in some languages is realized by the same connective word (e.g., English ‘because,’ Japanese ‘kara’). I am looking forward to reading it. Stay tuned!