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New Worlds for Old Words Colloquium

New Worlds for Old Words poster

A Loaded Meanings research strand conference studying the impact of cultured borrowing on the Romance languages and English. 

The study of cultured borrowings represents what is probably the single most important cultural contact observable in the languages of western Europe, that between the vernaculars and the most widely used languages of European antiquity, Latin and Greek. Within Romance historical linguistics, attention has most often focused on the history of ‘popular’ words because of a general perception that borrowings, especially borrowings introduced through the agency of an elite social sector, are a diversion from the language’s natural development. The extent and impact of cultured influence on the linguistic structure of the western European languages, especially the Romance languages, has been severely underestimated, and certainly merits further investigation.

The working languages of this colloquium are English, French and Spanish.  


Monday 23/9/19

09.00-09.30 Registration

09.30-10.00 Chris Pountain, opening of the Colloquium as a part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking Project & Catherine Boyle, Leader of the Project

10.00 -11.00 Key speaker: Steven Dworkin, University of Michigan; Latinisms as Lexical Replacements in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spanish

11.00-11.30 Carmen Varo Varo, Universidad de Cádiz; Vitalidad y neologicidad de la composición culta en la prensa escrita en español

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-12.15 Dora Mancheva, University of Geneva; Cuando la medicina daba noticias alegres: la versión inglesa de un tratado del Doctor Monardes

12.15-12.45 Isabel García Ortiz, Queen Mary, University of London; Spanish learned medical vocabulary

12.45-13.15 Bozena Wislocka Breit, Queen Mary, University of London; ‘Modern’ and ‘classical’ languages: a cultured distinction

13.15-14.15 Lunch break

14.15-15.15 Cosimo Burgassi, independent researcher / Elisa Guadagnini, Istituto Opera del Vocabolario Italiano, Florence: ‘Uncovering’ Lexical borrowings from Latin. Two Italian case studies.

15.15-15.45 Carmen Rodríguez Caballero, Instituto de Educación Secundaria: Poeta Claudio Rodríguez, Zamora: Observa_acción. Comunica_ acción en el aula de secundaria. Legado clásico en la lengua castellana.

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-16.30 Alessandro Carlucci, Pembroke College, University of Oxford; The Impact of New Contacts on an Old Pattern. The Modifier-Modified Order in the Formation of Italian N+N Compounds.

16.30-17.30 Key speaker: Dr. Ingmar Söhrman, Göteborgs Universitet: ‘Magic’, ‘witches’ and ‘magicians’ in a semantic and etymological perspective

17.45-18.15 Wine reception hosted by Instituto Cervantes London, 15-19 Devereux Court, Temple, London WC2R 3JJ

19.00-21.00 Dinner for Colloquium attendees at a local restaurant

Tuesday 24/9/19

09.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.30 Susana Guerrero Salazar, Universidad de Málaga: El uso del cultismo en la prensa deportiva española

10.30-11.30 Key speaker: Santiago del Rey Quesada, Universidad de Sevilla: El cultismo en los grupos léxicos paratácticos: tendencias, frecuencias, convergencias y divergencias en las traducciones romances medievales de los clásicos

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-12.15 Chris Pountain, Queen Mary, University of London: Cultured borrowing of verbs: the case of the Spanish -ir conjugation

12.15-12.45 Soledad Chávez Fajardo, Universidad de Chile: Renacimiento, renacimientos, préstamos, luces y traducciones: vía de entrada de cultismos

12.45-13.15 Janet DeCesaris, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Carla Marello, Università degli Studi di Torino: The Presence of Latin Expressions in Italian, Spanish and English Dictionaries: Convergence and Divergence

13.15-14.15 Lunch break

14.15-14.45 Inmaculada González Sopeña, Universidad de Granada: Sustituciones léxicas en los arabismos del reino de Granada (siglo XVI)

14.45-15.15 Rocío Díaz Bravo, Gaeel Vaamonde, Universidad de Granada: Learnèd borrowings and lexical diversity in the Retrato de la Loçana andaluza (Delicado, ¿1530?)

15.15-15.45 Daniel Waissbein, independent researcher: Beyond mere Spanish and mere English: Luis de Góngora and Thomas Browne

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-16.30 Julian Weiss, King’s College London: A new world for an old nation: the critical semantics of nação / nación in Early Modern Iberian worlds

16.30-17.30 Key speaker: Gloria Clavería, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: El cultismo a la luz de los diccionarios

17.30-18.00 Closing remarks and discussion

This conference is wheelchair accessible but for any queries concerning access please email languageacts@kcl.ac.uk and we'll be happy to help.

To download the conference in pdf format, click here. For further information about the programme, please email Dr Bozena Wislocka Breit, bozena.wislocka_breit@kcl.ac.uk

To register for this conference, please click here [link opens 22/7/19]

Part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking Worldmaking Fair.