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LINGUIST List 20.1847

Wed May 13 2009

Confs: General Linguistics, Maltese/Malta

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        1.    Alexandra Vella, Summer School in Maltese Linguistics

Message 1: Summer School in Maltese Linguistics
Date: 12-May-2009
From: Alexandra Vella <alexandra.vellaum.edu.mt>
Subject: Summer School in Maltese Linguistics
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Summer School in Maltese Linguistics

Date: 15-Jun-2009 - 26-Jun-2009
Location: Valletta, Malta
Contact: Alexandra Vella
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.fis.com.mt/malteselinguistics/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Maltese

Meeting Description:

The Institute of Linguistics in collaboration with the Department of Maltese of
the University of Malta has the pleasure to announce a call for participation
in the first Summer School in Maltese Linguistics to be held in Malta between
15-26 June 2009. The Summer School is being organised through the Foundation
for International Studies and will be held at the Old University in Valletta.
It is intended to provide participants with a unique opportunity to become
acquainted with different aspects of the linguistic structure of Maltese and
is aimed primarily at linguists and students of linguistics but should also
appeal to practitioners working with Maltese, such as translators and language
teachers, particularly to teachers of Maltese to adults/foreigners. A parallel
course in Maltese involving input from lecturers of the University of Malta's
Skola tal-Malti will also be offered if enough interest is expressed.


Call for Participation:

Registration is now open for the first Summer School in Maltese Linguistics to
be held in Malta between 15-26 June 2009. See also LL Issue 20.897. Queries can
be addressed to programmesfis.com.mt and/or alexandra.vellaum.edu.mt

Programme:

The programme will be divided into three main strands:

1. The sound system of Maltese
This strand will deal with aspects of both the segmental and suprasegmental
structure of Maltese. An overview of the historical development of Maltese phonology will also be provided.

2. The Maltese lexicon, grammar and meaning
The second strand will deal with various elements of the structure of Maltese,
its morphology, inflection and compounding as well as derivation, in both the
verbal and the nominal systems. It will look, amongst other things, at word
order, topicalisation, verb-less structures and tense and aspect in Maltese, as
well as at some aspects related to the semantics of Maltese.

3. Maltese in context
The third strand will examine a miscellany of topics intended to demonstrate
the linguistically rich context within which Maltese continues to thrive. An
account of the development of Maltese in relation to other languages together
with an overview of the linguistic situation in Malta will be provided. More
specific sketches of work in areas such as language planning, Maltese in the
media and Maltese Sign Language will also be given. A brief examination of
effects on Maltese of its recently acquired status as an official language of
the EU will also be made.

An optional course in Maltese for adults/foreigners involving input from lecturers
of the University of Malta's Skola tal-Malti will be offered at an additional cost if enough interest is expressed.


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