New publication: Advances in Maltese Linguistics out now!
We are very happy to announce the publication of Advances in Maltese Linguistics, a selection of papers from the 5th International Conference on Maltese Linguistics in Torino.
This volume is a collection of up-to-date articles on Maltese on all linguistic levels, demonstrating the variety of topics Maltese has to offer for linguists of all specializations.
Below you find the Table of Contents of the volume:
Benjamin Saade and Mauro Tosco
Maltese linguistics: What is new?| VII
Part 1: New looks into the past
Andrei A. Avram
On the phonology of Sicilian Arabic and early Maltese | 3
Carles Biosca and Carles Castellanos
Aspects of the comparison between Maltese, Mediterranean Lingua Franca and the Occitan-Catalan linguistic group | 39
Part 2: Maltese, and just Maltese
Ray Fabri and Albert Borg
Modifiers and complements within the Maltese verb sequence | 67
Slavomír “bulbul” Čéplö
Focus particles in Maltese: A corpus survey | 87
Thomas Stolz and Carolin Ahrens
On prepositional ellipsis and the factors which block its application in Maltese | 121
Part 3: Beyond Maltese, now and then
Amany Al-Sayyed and David Wilmsen
Verbal negation with muš in Maltese and Eastern Mediterranean Arabics | 151
Maltese kiteb vs. Tunisian (Sūsa) ktib | 173
The phonetic study of speakers along the Maltese-English continuum | 193
The visibility and salience of Maltese in bilingual Malta’s linguistic landscape | 225
The myth of the mixed languages | 245
New publication: Shifts and Patterns in Maltese
We are very pleased to announce the publication of a selection of papers from the International Conference on Maltese Linguistics in Lyon, 2013.
The linguistic description of Maltese has experienced an invigorating renaissance in the last ten years. As an Arabic language with a heavily mixed lexicon, Maltese serves as a laboratory for questions of linguistic variation on all linguistics levels, bilingualism, and language contact.
This present volume showcases the variety of up-to-date linguistic research on Maltese. Starting with a tribute to the late David Cohen, influential French Semiticist, the remainder of the book is divided into three parts: Phonology, Morphology & Syntax, and Contact, Bilingualism & Technology.
Table of contents:
Gilbert Puech and Benjamin Saade: Preface | VII
Martine Vanhove: From Maltese phonology to morphogenesis: A tribute to David Cohen | 1
Part I: Phonology
Gilbert Puech: Minimalist representation of Maltese sounds | 19
Andrei A. Avram: Phonological changes in Maltese: Evidence from onomastics | 49
Alexandra Vella, Flavia Chetcuti and Sarah Agius: Lengthening as a discourse strategy in Maltese: Phonetic and phonological characteristics | 91
Part II: Morphology & Syntax
Maris Camilleri: How inflectional morphology meets subcategorization frame distinctions in Maltese | 115
Hans-Jörg Döhla: The origin of differential object marking in Maltese | 149
David Wilmsen: Polar interrogative -š in Maltese: Developments and antecedents | 175
Thomas Stolz and Benjamin Saade: On short and long forms of personal pronouns in Maltese | 199
Christopher Lucas and Michael Spagnol: Connecting /t/ in Maltese numerals | 269
Part III: Contact, Bilingualism & Technology
George Farrugia: Languages in contact. Is the gender assignment system in Maltese undergoing change? | 293
Bernard Comrie and Michael Spagnol: Maltese loanword typology | 315
Marie Azzopardi-Alexander: Language profiling: The weaving of Maltese and English in Maltese children’s conversations | 331
John J. Camilleri: Digitizing the grammar and vocabulary of Maltese | 359
Zero marking of spatial relations in Maltese as part of new book
A whole chapter is devoted to Zero-marking in contemporary literary Maltese in the recently published book The Crosslinguistics of Zero-Marking of Spatial Relations (= Studia Typologica 15).
Stolz, Thomas & Lestrade, Sander & Stolz, Christel. 2014. The Crosslinguistics of Zero-Marking of Spatial Relations (= Studia Typologica 15). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. 404 pp. ISBN 978-3-05-006276-1.
3rd edition of Taħditiet fuq il-Malti: Workshop "Topics in Maltese Linguistics"
The third installment of the series Taħditiet fuq il-Malti will be a whole day workshop titled "Topics in Maltese Linguistics". We are happy to welcome three scholars of Maltese for this occasion: Maris Camilleri (University of Surrey), Luke Galea (Universität Köln) and Michael Spagnol (University of Malta). The topics range from syllable structure to verbal morphology to variation of pronominal forms.
Date: June 17, 2014, 9-17 (s.t.)
Location: University of Bremen, GW 2 Room A3570
2nd edition of Taħditiet fuq il-Malti with Professor Joseph Brincat on March 11
The second talk in the lecture series Taħditiet fuq il-Malti will be held by professor Joseph Brincat (University of Malta). He will talk about language policy in Malta and how the colonial era(s) involving Italian, French and English have shaped the Maltese language. The talk is jointly organized by the Malta Centre and the Creative Unit: Language in Colonial Contexts (CULLC).
Date: March 11, 2014, 12-13 (s.t.)
Place: University of Bremen, GW 2 Room A3570
The first edition of Taħditiet fuq il-Malti: Albert Friggieri (Ambassador of Malta in Berlin) on the drama fragment "Die Maltheser" by Friedrich Schiller
We proudly announce the first talk in the lecture series Taħditiet fuq il-Malti. Dr. Albert Friggieri (Ambassador of Malta in Berlin) will talk about the drama fragment "Die Maltheser" by Friedrich Schiller. Friggieri studied German at the University of Heidelberg and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Exeter. "Die Maltheser" was also the topic of his dissertation.
Date: January 23, 2014, 16:00
Place: University of Bremen, GW 2 Room A3570
"Perspectives on Maltese Linguistics" out now!
The International association of Maltese Linguistics (GĦILM) proudly presents the publication of Perspectives on Maltese Linguistics with the Akademie-Verlag. It represents the proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Maltese Linguistics. The volume was edited by Albert Borg, Sandro Caruana and Alexandra Vella.
Table of Contents
Arnold Cassola - A note on the dating of ħ, għ and x in Maltese
Martin R. Zammit - The Sfaxi (Tunisian) element in Maltese
Daniele Baglioni- Italian loanwords in Maltese and the vocabulary od "Levant Italian"
Gilbert Puech - Prime constituents od Maltese sounds
Alexandra Vella, Michael Spagnol, Sarah Grech & Flavia Chetcuti - The role of silence in spoken Maltese: durational and distributional characteristics of breaks and pauses
Phyllisienne Gauci & Maris Camilleri - Syncretism in Maltese: the case of the dual
Thomas Mayer, MIchael Spagnol & Florian Schönberger - Fixing the broken plural in Maltese
Maris Camilleri - The Maltese restrictive relative clause
Slavomír "Bulbul" Čéplö - An overview of object reduplication in Maltese
Christopher Lucas - Indefinites and negative concord in Maltese: towards a dynamic account
Thomas Stolz - It-tlieta li aħna = the three of us. Numerically quantified person reference
Maltese in the digital age
Mark Borg, Keith Bugeja, Colin Vella, Gordon Mangion & Carmel Gafà - Preparation of a free-runing text corpus for Maltese concatenative speech synthesis
Lara Vella - Language used in Internet chatting and its effect on spelling