LINGUIST List 32.3928

Tue Dec 14 2021

Confs: Romance; Phonology/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 08-Dec-2021
From: Michela Russo <>
Subject: Linguistic Identity of Corsica and Sardinia: Areas, Strata, Systems in the Insular and Romance Space
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Linguistic Identity of Corsica and Sardinia: Areas, Strata, Systems in the Insular and Romance Space

Date: 15-Dec-2021 - 15-Dec-2021
Location: Virtual ZOOM (Paris/Lyon), France
Contact: Michela Russo
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Language Family(ies): Romance

Meeting Description:

The talks of this workshop, based on original materials, aim to describe the current phonetic, phonological and morphological functioning of Corsican and Sardinian languages, their typological classification and their genesis. They will highlight the various types of systems present, as well as their distribution in the insular and Romance space, through a detailed re-examination of facts such as consonantal fortition and lenition, gemination, the different vowel systems, nasality, etc. These analyses will show that a Corsican dichotomy (Italian-Tuscan in the north and Sardinian in the south) and a Sardinian dichotomy (Sardinian in the south and Corsican in the north) are insufficient; in addition to specific Corsican and Sardinian features, several features place Sardinia and Corsica in a Romance typological space linked at the same time to Tuscany and to the Italian dialects (Pisan, Genoese and to the dialects of the Southern Italy), as well as to Western Romania (Ibero-Romance, Gallo-Romance, including Occitan). This structuring does not necessarily result from the contact between these languages but is registered for Sardinia and Corsica in the change of the Latin to the Romance languages. The precise identification of these linguistic features makes of the two islands a unique structured typological set in the heart of Romania.


Program of the Workshop:

- 14:00-15:00 | Stella Medori - Université de Corte / UMR CNRS 6240 LISA :
« Le programme Nouvel Atlas Linguistique et ethnographique de la Corse - Banque de Données Langue Corse (NALC-BDLC) / The New Linguistic and Ethnographic Atlas of Corsica Program - Corsican Language Data Bank (NALC-BDLC) »

- 15:00-16:00 | Simone Pisano - Università per Stranieri di Siena (UniStraSi), Italy :
« Notes on a phonological and morphological classification of modern Sardinian varieties »

- 16:00-16:30 Pause (Zoom randomisé dans les salles scindées) / Break (Zoom randomized in breakout rooms)

- 16:30-17:30 Jonah Katz - Jonah Katz - West Virginia University, USA
« Probing Sardinian phonological representations with acoustic phonetics »

- 17:30-18:30 Alex Chabot, Université Côte d’Azur
« A representational account of fortition and lenition in Campidanese Sardinian »

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