Romance languages and the others: the Balkan Sprachbund

Date: 25-May-2018 - 26-May-2018 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland 
Contact: Francesco Gardani 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

Meeting Description:

The languages of the Balkans are a gold mine when it comes to instances of contact-induced language change, as they are a paramount example of linguistic and socio-cultural processes which over the centuries have led to high levels of structural convergence. This so called Sprachbund also includes Romance languages: Daco-Romanian as well as the less-known varieties spoken south of the Danube, viz. Istro-Romanian, Aromanian, and Megleno-Romanian. The workshop, as part of the SNF-funded project ''Linguistic Morphology in Time and Space'' (CRSII1_160739 / 1), will bring to Zurich several experts in Romance, Balkan and contact-linguistics, to present their ongoing research on Romance and the other languages of the Balkans. 

Link: https://linguistlist.org/issues/29/29-1005.html

Program: 

Thursday, 24 May 2018 

08:45-09:15: Welcome coffee 

09:15-09:20: 
Official welcome (UZH authorities) 

09:20-09:30: 
Francesco Gardani & Michele Loporcaro 
Welcome and introduction 

Chair: Michele Loporcaro 
09:30-10:10: 
Martin Maiden (Oxford) 
How 'Slavonic' is Daco-Romance verb morphology? 

10:10-10:50: 
Francesco Gardani (Zurich) 
Verbal aspect in Istro-Romanian 

10:50-11:20: Coffee break 

Chair: Francesco Gardani 
11:20-12:00: 
Brian Joseph (Ohio State U) 
Eastern and Western Romance in the Balkans — The contrasting but revealing positions of the Romanian languages and Judeo-Spanish 

12:00-12:40: 
Angela Ralli (Patras) 
Romance contrasting Turkish as donor languages in the Greek-speaking world 

12:40-14:45: Lunch break (Dozentenfoyer) 

Chair: Brian Joseph 
14:45-15:25: 
Barbara Sonnenhauser (Zurich) 
Areal aspects of the morphosyntax of Albanian 

15:25-16:05: 
Paul Widmer (Zurich) 
TBA 


Friday, 25 May 2018 

Chair: Martin Maiden 
09:30-10:10: 
Adam Ledgeway (Cambridge) 
The Romanian definite article in a comparative Romance perspective 

10:10-10:50: 
Michele Loporcaro, Francesco Gardani & Alberto Giudici (Zurich) 
Borrowed numerals in Istro-Romanian 

10:50-11:20: Coffee break 

11:20-12:00: 
Walter Breu (Konstanz) 
Italo-Albanian: Balkan inheritance and Romance influence 

Chair: Francesco Gardani & Michele Loporcaro 
12:00-12:15: 
Final discussion and closing remarks