Linguistics Series Speaker: Steven Dworkin (April 3, 2020)

Steven Dworkin black and white photoCurrent trends in Spanish and Romance diachronic lexicology

Steven N. Dworkin
University of Michigan

Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Greene Hall 145, 2:00-3:00pm

Although diachronic lexicology, the historical study of the lexicon, is no longer a central focus of historical Romance linguistics, many scholars continue to carry out important research in this field. For the purposes of this presentation I shall define diachronic lexicology as the study of all aspects of a given word or word-family’s history, including identification of its origin (etymology), as well as its formal and semantic evolution. Today the discipline known as etymology, originally limited to the identification of word origins, has become the starting point for diachronic lexicological research.

Limiting my purview to Spanish in particular (while including passing reference to relevant studies on the other Romance languages), I shall survey here the current state of affairs and of recent work in diachronic lexicology and the importance of its findings for research in other branches of historical linguistics such as phonology, (derivational) morphology, semantics, and, reflecting more recent work, its implications for the historical study of grammaticalization and the evolution of pragmatic and discourse markers.


FLYERSteven Dworkin – (Spring 2020)


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Linguistics Circle Talk this Friday October 4th

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Linguistics Circle speaker Dr. Luis González (Department of Spanish and Italian). Dr. González will present his work entitled Adjective position in Spanish: Why you might have a ‘hermosa mamá’, but it is impossible to have a ‘mamá hermosa’“. Friday 10/4 at 3:00-3:50 pm in Greene Hall 239.

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Cherokee Language Symposium

After taking Anthropology/Linguistics 150 and an independent study on the Cherokee language with Professor Margaret Bender, first-year student Brae Troutman accompanied her to the 2019 Cherokee Language Symposium.  Sponsored by Western Carolina University and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the conference brought together students of the language from all over the country.
In the photos, Troutman (center) attends a workshop at the Cherokee Language Symposium in Cherokee, NC, and visits the famous Cherokee petroglyph site, Judaculla Rock.
Students in class Brae Troutman standing outside, wearing sunglasses What do these markings tell us? 2 clay bowls. Symbols of writing in Cherokee language.
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