LINGUIST List 26.5533

Mon Dec 14 2015

Summer Schools: Languages and Linguistics of the Mediterranean/Italy

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 12-Dec-2015
From: Nicoletta Puddu <>
Subject: Languages and Linguistics of the Mediterranean/Italy
E-mail this message to a friend

Host Institution:
Coordinating Institution:

Dates: 13-Jun-2016 - 24-Jun-2016
Location: Cagliari, Italy

Focus: The school’s main aim is to promote research into the languages of the Mediterranean and the contact-induced phenomena which, in the course of very long-lasting traditions, arose and continue to arise in many cases. Studies are carried out from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective and this edition focuses on the Latin-Romance tradition. The school’s empirically based scientific approach means that the courses devoted to language description play a central role in the teaching programme.
Minimum Education Level: BA

The first Summer School in Languages and Linguistics of the Mediterranean will be held in Cagliari (Italy) from 13 to 24 June 2016. Paraphrasing what has been said for other disciplines, there are plenty of important studies on languages ​​in the Mediterranean, but there are very few, or indeed none, which are actually about Mediterranean languages. The LLM School aims to fill the need to use an empirical approach to examine the product of thousands of years of language contact in this unique geo-anthropic context and to analyse these results from a 'holistic' but anti-essentialist perspective which does not adhere to any preconstituted theory.

Within this framework, the Language Description courses are of great importance. Particular attention will be paid to non-standard dialects and varieties in general for two main reasons: firstly because they are generally less well known, but also due to the fact that they represent a fuller and more nuanced phenomenology of language contact, which has not been affected (or is less affected) by the language policies of the established state-communities.

The linguistics courses offer a comprehensive overview of studies on the languages ​​of the Mediterranean. Various theoretical approaches will be proposed to deal with the problems of language contact, especially in the historical and diachronic dimension. Indeed, partly because the spread of writing in the Mediterranean region dates back to extremely ancient times, the region offers an extremely rich and extensive linguistic tradition, which is both long-lasting and genetically differentiated. Therefore, the Mediterranean is a privileged observatory for historical-diachronic studies of relatively long periods. On this occasion, the focus will be placed on the Latin Romance linguistic tradition.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                      Genetic Classification
                      Historical Linguistics
                      Language Documentation

Language Families: Semitic

Tuition: 300 EUR
Registration: 10-Dec-2015 to 01-Jun-2016
Contact Person: Roberto Reccia
                Phone: 0706756300
                  Fax: 0706756301

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
Registration closes on June 1, 2016. For payment details, please see the fees page.

Page Updated: 14-Dec-2015