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LINGUIST List 20.3440

Tue Oct 13 2009

Confs: Maltese, Morphology, Phonology, Socioling, General Ling/Malta

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        1.    Alexandra Vella, International Programme in Maltese Linguistics

Message 1: International Programme in Maltese Linguistics
Date: 13-Oct-2009
From: Alexandra Vella <alexandra.vellapt.lu>
Subject: International Programme in Maltese Linguistics
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International Programme in Maltese Linguistics

Date: 22-Mar-2010 - 31-Mar-2010
Location: Valletta, Malta
Contact: Alexandra Vella
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.fis.com.mt/programmes.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Maltese

Meeting Description:

The Institute of Linguistics in collaboration with the Department of Maltese of the University of Malta is pleased to announce a call for participation in the International Programme in Maltese Linguistics to be held in Malta from 22-31 March 2010. The programme was offered for the first time in the summer of 2009, and, like the Summer School in Maltese Linguistics that ran in June 2009, it is being organised through the Foundation for International Studies ltd at the Old University in Valletta. The programme comprises lectures and seminars, as well as a number of visits to historical sites, some with linguistic interest, around Malta and Gozo. It will provide participants with a unique opportunity to become acquainted with different aspects of the linguistic structure of Maltese. It 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 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.

Comments from June 2009 participants:

'As an Arabist and a historical linguist, I found the programme extremely interesting, stimulating and beneficial. I think it would be useful to students and researchers in Arabic dialectology, historical linguistics, contact linguistics, varieties of English and linguistic typology.' --C.L., Cambridge.

'It was an excellent experience. The very thorough programme on Maltese Linguistics is suitable even for students who only have limited knowledge about Maltese. For me as a student who has been dealing with Maltese for some time, this programme was the ideal place not only to revise and deepen my knowledge of the language structure but also to get an update on current issues in Maltese linguistics.' --J.J., Osnabrück.


Topics to be discussed will include:

-The segmental phonetics and phonology of Maltese
-Maltese prosody
-The historical phonology and morphology of Maltese
-Word formation processes in Maltese: derivation, inflection, compounding
-Verbless sentences
-Topicalisation
-Tense and aspect in Maltese
-Reflections on aspects of Maltese vocabulary
-Maltese and other languages: A linguistic history of Malta
-Language use in the Maltese context
-Computer technologies and Maltese
-Maltese in the media
-Language planning in the Maltese context
-Literature in Maltese
-Maltese in the EU context
-Maltese Sign Language


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