Final Conference Programme

Thursday 8.6.2017

9:00 - 9:30 Registration
9:30 - 10:30 "Maltese and North African linguistics: Common roots and areal divergence". Keynote by Lameen Souag (Lacito - CNRS)
10:30 - 11:30

Slavomír Čéplö (Charles University in Prague): A Universal Dependencies Treebank for Maltese

Przemysław Turek (Jagiellonian University): The development of Semitic Q in Maltese according to the historical sources

Amanda Muscat: Preliminary move analysis approach to anonymous blogposts in Maltese

Flavia Chetcuti, Elgar Paul Magro, Alexandra Vella (University of Malta): Cohesion phenomena in Maltese parliamentary debates: a preliminary study

Anton Somin (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia): Linguistic Problems Based on Maltese

Luke Galea (University of Malta): The perception of non-initial-word-initial geminates

Carolin Ahrens, Ani Karapetyan, Emeli Schmidt, Maike Vorholt, Nele Witt (Universität Bremen): Towards a usage-based catalogue of forms and functions of Maltese prepositions

Kurstin Gatt, Saviour Agius and Martin Zammit: Minsel: A Maltese Etymological Database - Work in Progress

Session 1: Ye Olde Historical Linguistics
11:30 - 12:00 Marijn van Putten (Leiden University): The historical development of the Maltese vowels
12:00 - 12:30 Andrei Avram (University of Bucharest): The diachrony of word-final obstruent devoicing in Maltese
12:30 - 13:00 Gilbert Puech (University of Lyon) / Shanti Ulfsbjorninn (University of Lyon & University of London): Vassalli's Discorso preliminare (1796): Translation into English and linguistic analysis
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
Session 2: Pluralen / Pluralijiet / Pluraľe / Plüräl / Aplārīl / Plurals!
14:00 - 14:30 Shiloh Drake / Rebecca Sharp (University of Arizona): Productivity of the broken plural in Maltese
14:30 - 15:00 Jessica Nieder / Ruben van de Vijver (Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf): Broken and sound plural in Maltese: Evidence from a nonce word experiment
15:00 - 15:30 Erika Weinberger (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel) / Ruben van de Vijver (Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf): Noun plurals in Maltese speaking children
15:30 -16:00 Coffee break
Session 3: Look ma, we're doing stuff with computers!
16:00 - 16:30 Claudia Borg / Albert Gatt (University of Malta): Insights on the hybridity of Maltese morphology: A computational perspective
16:30 - 17:00 Slavomír Čéplö (Charles University in Prague) / Lonneke van der Plas (University of Malta): Light verb constructions in Maltese: Evidence from corpora
17:00 - 17:30 Albert Borg / Mark Amaira (University of Malta): Will it agree or not?
20:00 Conference dinner

Friday 9.6.2017

Session 4: Vowels and diphthongs and consonants, oh my!
9:00 - 9:30 Luke Galea / Leanne Ellul (University of Malta): Revisiting the definite article in Maltese
9:30 - 10:00 Marie Azzopardi-Alexander (University of Malta): Affricated stops and stop and fricative clusters in Maltese
10:00 - 10:30 Albert Gatt (University of Malta) / Adam Ussishkin (University of Arizona): Roots, or merely consonants? A study of lexical access in Maltese
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
Session 5: Syntax. No joke here, syntax is serious business.
11:00 - 11:30 Sumikazu Yoda (Osaka University): An observation on the ḥāl construction in Maltese
11:30 - 12:00 Ray Fabri (University of Malta): Argument extension in Maltese
12:00 - 12:30 Slavomír Čéplö (Charles University in Prague) / Chris Lucas (SOAS): Lanqas, negative concord and predicate negation in Maltese
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
Session 6: Morphology. I got -Ø
13:30 - 14:00 Thomas Stolz / Nataliya Levkovych (University of Bremen): Skontu vs skont hu: Towards a systematic account of Maltese prepositions
14:00 - 14:30 Michael Spagnol (University of Malta): Maltese evaluative morphology
14:30 - 15:00 Maris Camilleri (University of Vienna): Clausal possession: għand ~ la in Maltese
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
Session 7: Morphology Part Deux
15:30 - 16:00 Benjamin Saade (University of Bremen): Assessing productivity in contact: Italian derivation in Maltese
16:00 - 16:30 Leanne Ellul (University of Malta): Deverbal nouns in Maltese: A derivational analysis
16:30 - 17:30 GĦILM business meeting