Proceedings

We are pleased to announce that the proceedings of the second international conference on Maltese Linguistics (Bremen, September 2009) will be published as:

Caruana, S., Fabri, R., & Stolz, T. (Eds.). (2011). Variation and Change. The Dynamics of Maltese in Space, Time and Society Studia typologica, 9. Berlin. Published by Akademie-Verlag.
http://www.oldenbourg-verlag.de/akademie-verlag/variation-and-change/9783050056487

The twelve contributions to this collection of articles focus on variation and change in the lexicon, morphology, syntax and phonology of Maltese. Various aspects of lectal variation are addressed: the properties of sociolects, technolects, regional varieties, and different registers of present-day Maltese are discussed. On-going changes are looked at in several of the papers. The questions of whether or not there is a typical Maltese EU-variety or a distinct sociolect spoken by the younger generation are raised. Not all of the phenomena which attest variation can be ascribed to the sociolinguistic sphere. Morpho-syntactic issues like the definition of clitics, the causative-inchoative alternation and the employment of the possessive relative clause are linked more closely to structural and functional factors. Suprasegmental issues like the use of pauses in spoken Maltese and the syllable structure of Maltese are scrutinized as well. These topics are complemented by dialectological studies, investigations of the pragmatics of Maltese and the description of literary Maltese. The range of topics covered in this collection proves that it is worth the while studying Maltese from the perspective of general linguistics.

The proceedings of the first international conference dedicated to Maltese Linguistics (Bremen, October 2007) were published as:

Comrie, B., Fabri, R., Mifsud, M., Stolz, T., & Vanhove, M. (Eds.). (2009). Introducing Maltese Linguistics. Selected papers from the 1st International Conference on Maltese Linguistics, Bremen, 18–20 October, 2007. Studies in Language Companion Series, 113. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia. Published by John Benjamins.
http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%20113

“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.”
[Source: publisher's blurb]