Cagliari, Italy

Languages and Linguistics of the Mediterranean

when 3 June 2024 - 7 June 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 150

Two broad thematic lines will be developed in this edition. The first is dedicated to the analysis of linguistic varieties from a structural and functional point of view; the second line is dedicated to the analysis of socio- and pragma-linguistic dynamics in a historical perspective. Specific attention will be dedicated to the genesis of Romance languages, in the specific context of so-called Mediterranean Romania, and to the progressive definition of the 'normed' varieties in their relationship with writing during the various phases of the Middle Ages.

Particular attention will be given to non-standard varieties or to linguistic varieties caught in a phase prior to that of standardisation. This is for two main reasons: firstly, because they are generally less well known, and secondly, because they represent a fuller and more nuanced phenomenology of language contact, which has not been affected (or is less affected) by the language policies of the established state-communities. This edition will also focus particular attention on the textual dimension, i.e. interpreting texts from both a philological point of view as well as from the point of view of their social phenomenology within specific communities of practice.

Course leader

Prof. T. Stolz
Prof. P. Cuzzolin
Prof. M. Loporcaro
Prof. A. Ledgeway
Prof. G. Manzelli
Prof. G. Authier
Prof. P. Molinelli
Prof. J. Kopaczyk
Prof. G. Galdi
Prof. R. Sornicola
Prof. C. Consani
Prof. G. Mion

Target group

MAs and PhD students in linguistics

Course aim

Restating what is often said regarding other disciplines, there are a number of important studies on languages ​​in the Mediterranean, but there are very few, if any, which concern Mediterranean languages specifically. The LLM School aims to fulfil the need to adopt an empirical approach to examine the product of thousands of years of language contact in this unique geo-anthropic context and to analyse these results from a 'holistic' but anti-essentialist perspective which does not adhere to any pre-established theory.

Credits info

6 EC
The school offers the possibility to apply for six one-week courses. 1 ECTS credit is assigned for active participation in a course followed by the presentation of a written essay (1000 words). Participants/Students must attend at least two courses per week.
At the end of the Summer School, every participant will receive a certificate, indicating which courses he/she attended and how many ECTS credits have been awarded.

Fee info

EUR 150: Early bird (before April 30th)
Fees include tuition and all materials.
EUR 200: Full (from May 1st)
Fees include tuition and all materials.