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How did an Arabic dialect spoken around AD 1000 become an official language of Malta and of the European Union?

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Malta’s position at the centre of the Mediterranean has attracted many settlers and conquerors through the ages, with the result that many languages have been spoken and written in the islands.  The present-day Maltese language is a fusion of Arabic, Sicilian, Italian and English.  The presentation tells the story of how this blend came about.  It also describes how the process of standardization led to its achieving official status in Malta in 1934 and its recognition as an official language of the European Union in 2003.

 

 

 

Joseph Brincat
Professor of Italian at the University of Malta

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Date:
January 24
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
http://nelc.ucla.edu/event/arabic-dialect-spoken-around-ad-1000-become-official-language-malta-european-union/

Venue

NELC Seminar Room (Humanities 365)
365 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
Phone:
310-825-4165
Website:
www.nelc.edu