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Introduction Programme Speakers Presentations

Keynote speakers

Steve Dworkin has been Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan for forty years. He will be retiring on 1 June 2019. Professor Dworkin specializes in Romance and Hispanic diachronic linguistics, with emphasis on the evolution of the lexicon. His recent publications have dealt with internal structural factors which have led to changes (especially word loss) in the vocabulary of Medieval Spanish, the rivalry in Spanish between Latinisms and inherited vocabulary, and the issue of lexical stability in the history of the Romance languages. He is actively involved in the preparation of the Dictionnaire Etymologique Roman, a collaborative international project, for which he has written a number of entries. Has recently published two books with Oxford University Press, A History of the Spanish Lexicon: A Linguistic Perspective (2012) and A Guide to Old Spanish (2018).

Gloria Clavería Nadal is Professor of the Spanish Language area in the Spanish Philology Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She specialises in the history of the Spanish language, lexicography and historical lexicology; she is also interested in the application of computer tools to the historical study of language. Her research is focused on the early stages of the Spanish language, but also covers its modern and contemporary development. Her most relevant publications include the monographs El latinismo en español and De «vacunar» a «dictaminar»: la lexicografía académica decimonónica y el neologismo, in addition to a number of editions or co-editions of miscellaneous books that reflect her research interests. She has been responsible for the CD-ROM edition of the Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánicoby J. Corominas and J. A. Pascual (Madrid: RBA-Gredos, 2012). She has collaborated in the elaboration of the etymologies section of the Diccionario de la lengua Española and Diccionario de uso del español de América y España(Barcelona: Spes Editorial, 2001 and 2002). She has been a member of the author team of the Nueva gramática de la lengua española. Fonética y fonología of the Real Academia Española  (Madrid: Espasa, 2011). Since 1994 she has beenthe researcher responsible for the «Grup de Lexicografia i Diacronia» (SGR). She currently directs the research project Internal History of the Dictionary of the Spanish Language of the Royal Spanish Academy in the 19th Century (1817-1852); participates in Corpus ESenCAT ("Corpus of Castilian documents written in Catalonia (XVIII and XIX centuries), Spanish in Catalonia"), included in the international CHARTA network, and collaborates in the project "Osservatorio degli italianismi nel mondo (OIM)", developed for the Accademia della Crusca and in which she deals with the Ibero-Romance area (Spanish and Catalan).

Santiago Del Rey Quesada graduated in Hispanic Philology and Classical Philology from the University of Seville, where he currently teaches and researches after periods spent at the Universities of Tübingen and Munich. At Munich he held a postdoctoral grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which allowed him to develop a research project on Latin and Romance models in the formation of European Renaissance dialogue.  His main areas of research concern the elaboration of the Romance languages from the medieval to the modern periods, historical discourse analysis, variationist linguistics, language contact and the history of translation.

Ingmar Söhrman is Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages at the University of Gothenburg. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Uppsala and has held positions at the universities of Alcalá and Umeå. His main linguistic interests are semantics, syntax, history of the language, minority languages, Medieval history, Romance and Slavic languages and cultures and cultural contacts.