Hybrid Lecture: “German-Romance Language Contact in the Italian Alps” with Stefan Rabanus

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UW-Madison Memorial Library, Rm 126, 728 State St, Madison, WI 53706 and via Zoom
@ 6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 5 , 2023, 6:00 pm Central Time

UW-Madison Memorial Library, Rm 126
728 State St, Madison, WI 53706

Via Zoom: Pre-Registration Required
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Since ancient times, the Alps have been a transitional space between German(ic) and Latin/Italian cultures. This lecture will introduce the citizen science AlpiLinK project, which aims via crowdsourcing to document the Germanic and Romance dialects and minority languages and dialects spoken across the Alpine regions of Italy. The presentation will feature recordings and images from centuries-old German speech islands and the surrounding Romance dialects with which they are in contact.

Stefan Rabanus is Professor of German linguistics at the University of Verona, Italy. Trained at the universities of Mainz, Greifswald, and Marburg in Germany, his research interests include dialectology, history of the German language, language contact, and digital humanities.