Introducing Maltese Linguistics

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

Editors
| Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
| University of Malta
| Ohio State University
| University of Malta
| University of Bremen
| CNRS-LLACAN
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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.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 113]  2009.  xi, 422 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of contributors
vii–viii
Preface
ix–xi
Part I. Typology
1
Maltese and the World Atlas of Language Structures
Bernard Comrie
3–11
Part II. Phonology
13
Vowel duration and Maltese 'għ'
Elizabeth Hume, Jennifer Venditti, Alexandra Vella and Samantha Gett
15–46
On Maltese prosody
Alexandra Vella
47–68
Part III. Syntax
69
Topicalisation in Maltese
Albert Borg and Marie Azzopardi-Alexander
71–81
A head-driven phrase structure grammar for Maltese
Stefan Müller
83–112
Complex predicates in Maltese: From a neo-Arabic perspective
Utz Maas
113–132
Splitting the verb chain in modern literary Maltese
Thomas Stolz
133–179
"Pseudo-verbs": An analysis of non-verbal (co-)predication in Maltese
John Peterson
181–204
Part IV. Lexicon and electronic resources
205
Compounding and adjective-noun compounds in Maltese
Ray Fabri
207–231
Auditory and visual lexical decision in Maltese
Adam Ussishkin and Alina Twist
233–249
Electronic language resources for Maltese
Michael Rosner
251–276
Part V. Language change and contact
277
The Vowel system of Cantilena: Its historical development
Sumikazu Yoda
279–290
The shaping of Maltese throughout the centuries: Linguistic evidences from a diachronic-typological analysis
Laura Mori
291–307
"Imma l'oriġinal oriġinali?": A noun-adjective opposition in some Maltese word-classes of Romance origin
Manwel Mifsud
309–320
A different kind of gender problem: Maltese loan-word gender from a typological perspective
Christel Stolz
321–353
Terminology of Italian origin used in EU Maltese: A case of linguistic "Europeanisation"?
Sandro Caruana
355–375
Part VI. Sociolinguistics
377
Diglossia: Variation on a theme
Antoinette Camilleri Grima
379–391
Maltese English: History of use, structural variation and sociolinguistic status
Lisa M. Bonnici
393–414
Index of authors
415–417
Index of languages
419
Index of subjects
421–422
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009006191