LINGUIST List 27.1043

Mon Feb 29 2016

Confs: Galician, Portuguese, Spanish, Historical Ling, Morphology/UK

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 27-Feb-2016
From: Joao Silvestre <>
Subject: A Contrastive Approach to the Iberian Languages
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A Contrastive Approach to the Iberian Languages

Date: 29-Mar-2016 - 29-Mar-2016
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact: Joao Paulo Silvestre
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology

Subject Language(s): Galician; Portuguese; Spanish

Meeting Description:

King’s College Camões Centre organizes a seminar on the Portuguese Language. The linguists Esperança Cardeira and Alina Villalva, researchers at the University of Lisbon, are the invited speakers.

This event is open to all and free to attend.

29/03/2016 (17:30-18:30)
King's College, Virginia Woolf Building, room 6.32 (WC2B 6LE)

1. Galician-Portuguese: historical overview

In this talk, Esperança Cardeira will present a diachronic survey of the formation of the Iberian languages, with emphasis on Galician-Portuguese romance, describing the historical, social and cultural factors which lead to its development since the Middle Ages to modern time. A panoramic description of the main linguistic changes, on the basis of a sample of literary and non-literary documents will highlight some variables that act as key phenomena to the elaboration and standardization of Portuguese language.

2. Parasynthetic verbs in Iberian languages

Parasynthesis is a typical kind of romance word formation resource, more frequently used to derive verbs, but it is also available for adjectives. Although it is usually described as a simultaneous adjunction of a prefix and a suffix to a nominal root, the fact is that most parasynthetic verbs make use of no such suffix. Furthermore, parasynthetic verbs may coexist with non-parasynthetic equivalents and they may also present alternates that contrast different prefixes.

In this talk, Alina Villalva will present a synchronic and a diachronic survey of this kind of morphological structures in Portuguese and will also develop a comparative analysis with their equivalents in other Iberian languages, notably Spanish.

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