Introducing Maltese Linguistics

Selected papers from the 1st International Conference on Maltese Linguistics, Bremen, 18–20 October, 2007

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  • Editors: Bernard Comrie1, Ray Fabri2, Elizabeth Hume3, Manwel Mifsud2, Thomas Stolz4, and Martine Vanhove5
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027290298

This collection of articles highlights a selection of on-going research projects. Phonological, morphological, and syntactic issues are addressed by international experts on Maltese. The diachronic development of Maltese, its age-long contact with Italo-Romance, and the present diglossic situation with co-official English are the topics of a variety of contributions to this volume. The repercussions that the promotion of Maltese to the status of official working language of the EU has on the Maltese lexicon are discussed. A project on the sociolinguistics of non-native Maltese-English is presented. The problems posed by the creation of electronic resources for Maltese are equally focused upon. The papers amply demonstrate that Maltese Linguistics can stand on its own outside the traditional field of Oriental Studies.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Afro-Asiatic languages; English linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig; 2: University of Malta; 3: Ohio State University; 4: University of Bremen; 5: CNRS-LLACAN

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