our words make worlds

New Worlds for Old Words Colloquium

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.  

Further details TBA late April.

Part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking Worldmaking Fair.