Saturday, September 19


8:00 Registration
8:45–9:00 Official opening ceremony
9:00–10:00 Albert Borg (Institute of Linguistics, University of Malta) Lectal strata of Maltese
10:00–10:15 Coffee break
10:15–11:00 Marie Alexander (Malta) Xlukkajr, Naduri and Standard Maltese: Vowel Systems and Phonological Symmetry
11:00–11:45 Lisa Bonnici (Berkeley/USA) Postvocalic (r) in Maltese: Variation within the "English-speaking" population by age and gender
11:45–12:15 Coffee break
Alexandra Vella (Luxemburg) Flavia Chetcuti (Malta) Sarah Grech (Malta) Michael Spagnol (Malta) Interspeaker variation in the type and prosody of filled pauses in Maltese
12:45–14:30 Lunch break
14:30–15:30 Olvin Vella (Malta) The old documents of Maltese
15:30–15:45 Coffee break
15:45–16:30 Elisabeth Hume (Ohio State University) Samantha Gett (Ohio State University) A study of word-final geminate consonants in Standard Maltese
16:30–17:15 Sandro Caruana (Malta) Il-Malti Mgħaġġel: Maltese in chat conversations, blogs and e-mails
17:15–17:45 Coffee break
17:45–18:30 Laura Mori (Rome/Italy) Linguistic variation in juridical Maltese: EU Directives compared to National laws

Business Meeting

19:00 Business Meeting of L-Għaqda Internazzjonali tal-Lingwistika Maltija

Social Programme

20:30 Conference Dinner


Sunday, September 20


11:00–12:00 Antoinette Camilleri-Grima (Malta) Giving compliments in Maltese
12:00–12:15 Coffee break
12:15–13:15 Ray Fabri (Malta) The language of young people and language change
13:15–14:45 Lunch break
14:45–15:45 Maris Camilleri (Malta) Pronominal Clitics in Maltese
15:45–16:00 Coffee break


16:00–17:00 Adam Ussishkin (Tucson/USA) Maltese language documentation, database creation and corpora
17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–18:30 Alexandra Vella (Luxembourg) Towards a description of Maltese English: an exploratory workshop

Informal get-together



Monday, September 21


9:00–10:00 Gilbert Puech (Lyon) How contemporary Phonetic Variations reflect the dynamics of Maltese in space, time and society
10:00–10:15 Coffee break
10:15–11:00 Joseph Felipe Pace (Malta) Towards a classification of Maltese adverbs
11:00–11:45 Adam Ussishkin (Tucson/USA) Amy LaCross (Tucson/USA) Results from a study on Maltese verb familiarity
11:45–12:15 Coffee break
12:15–13:00 Michael Spagnol (Universität Konstanz) The diachronic (in)stability of verb alternations in Maltese
13:00–14:30 Lunch break
14:30–15:30 Joseph M. Brincat (Malta) The genesis of Maltese
15:30–15:45 Coffee break
15:45–16:30 Pamela Murgia (University of Cagliari, Italy) The role of social and historical background in the interference of Romance languages in Maltese
16:30–17:15 cancelled John Peterson (Leipzig) Towards an RRG-based description of Maltese
17:15–17:45 Coffee break
17:45–18:30 Thomas Stolz (Bremen/Germany) (Tazza) inbid aħmar vs. nbid ħamra 'A glass of red wine': Variation of agreement patterns in Maltese mensurative phrases




Poster Session
Throughout the conference, there will be a poster session in room H 1010 Authors of posters are kindly asked to answer questions during the coffee breaks.
  Samantha Gett (Ohio State University) Factors that affect Vowel Duration in Maltese