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.

 

 

Exploring Language(s) – Video 06 out now!

The new ‘Exploring Language(s)’ video is out now! This time I dealt with Lunfardo, a rich slang which represents an integral part of the Rioplatense variety of Spanish. It includes words derived from many different languages and dialect, due to the massive immigration from Europe (and, to a much lesser extent, Asia Minor) which took place in the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th.

🇬🇧 Lunfardo: From downtown slang to Rioplatense koiné    Slides

🇪🇸 El lunfardo: De argot urbano a koiné rioplatense    Slides

🇮🇹 Il lunfardo: Da gergo urbano a koiné rioplatense    Slides

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

New ‘Exploring Language(s)’ video

Spanish vs. Italian – part I: Pronunciation and orthography

The new ‘Exploring Language(s)’ video is now online. It is the first part of a comparison between Spanish and Italian, two Romance languages whose differences are too often undervalued. In this first episode, I will deal with issues regarding pronunciation and orthography. Watch it in the language you prefer:

🇬🇧 English

🇪🇸 Spanish

🇮🇹 Italian

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