JHI Home
About Us
Research Communities
Fellowships & Calls for Funding
Working Groups
Humanities At UofT
Donations
Events and Exhibitions
Announcements

Observing Italian in the world: first results and new horizons of a research projects on Italianisms in the world's languages

Observing Italian in the world: first results and new horizons of a research projects on Italianisms in the world's languages
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall, Room 406
Time: Sep 29th, 4:00 pm End: Sep 29th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Italian Studies (FAS), Humanities, Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-
Talk by Matthias Heinz, University of Salzburg

The Department of Italian Studies presents

Observing Italian in the world: first results and new horizons of a research projects on Italianisms in the world's languages

This lecture intends to present results of current research using the OIM corpus (Osservatorio degli italianismi nel mondo), a database recently published online. This observatory on Italian loanwords in the world's languages is an international project hosted by the Accademia della Crusca, Florence, aiming at an extensive documentation of the extraordinary lexical impact of Italian as a donor language worldwide. The core of this new digital humanities resource draws on the lexicographical material gathered for the Dizionario di italianismi in francese, inglese, tedesco. Besides providing historical and cultural data it contains the tools for investigating various types of research questions, namely the grammatical properties of loanwords, highlighting preferences for certain lexical categories and a considerable number of multiword expressions. In a broader perspective an outlook will be given on future advances of the research program whose expansion towards a greater number of target languages is currently underway.

Matthias Heinz is from Heidelberg, Germany. He is a Professor of Romance linguistics (Chair of French and Italian Linguistics), Dep. of Romance Languages, Universit├Ąt Salzburg, Austria. He has been a Visiting Professor at U Freiburg, Frankfurt, Munich (LMU), Cologne,Germany, and a visiting researcher at University of Toronto. He is a scholar in Romance philology and linguistics, with research experience in the fields of lexicology and lexicography, language contact, grammatical (mainly phonological and lexical) typology and history of the Romance languages, research and publications encompassing Italian, French and Spanish linguistics. He coordinated (with L. Serianni) the OIM (Observatory on Italianisms worldwide, corpus available in online database).

This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca For further information, please contact the Department of Italian Studies at (416) 926-2345.

heinz


About JHI | Contact JHI | UofT | Follow us on Twitter twitter icon

Copyright © 2011-2014 University of Toronto. Jackman Humanities Institute. All Rights Reserved.
Tel: (416) 978-7415 Fax: (416) 946-7434, 170 St. George Street, Tenth Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5R 2M8