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Word order and information structure in Esperanto

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MA Thesis Project presented at the 1st Scriptiemarkt in the Master Program of Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. With Xico Torres-Tamarit and Edo Cavirani 11 November 2016, VOC-zaal, Bushuis, Amsterdam.

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Word order and information structure in Esperanto

  1. 1. Word order and information structure in Esperanto Federico Gobbo (Amsterdam/ Milano-Bicocca/ Torino) with Francesc Torres-Tamarit (CNRS/ Paris 8) & Edoardo Cavirani (Meertens) Scriptiemarkt, University of Amsterdam, 11 Nov 20161 de 8
  2. 2. Introduction 2 de 8
  3. 3. What is Esperanto? The linguistic answer The most vital planned language in history, since 1887; 3 de 8
  4. 4. What is Esperanto? The linguistic answer The most vital planned language in history, since 1887; A contact language by invention of a single man (L. L. Zamenhof) Romance + Germanic + Slavic → regularization. 3 de 8
  5. 5. What is Esperanto? The linguistic answer The most vital planned language in history, since 1887; A contact language by invention of a single man (L. L. Zamenhof) Romance + Germanic + Slavic → regularization. almost a natural language; it violates ‘only’ the priority of speech See in particular Gobbo (2012) and Ida Stria’s PhD dissertation. 3 de 8
  6. 6. What is Esperanto? The sociolinguistic answer Purpose: international communication on an equal footing. 4 de 8
  7. 7. What is Esperanto? The sociolinguistic answer Purpose: international communication on an equal footing. A lively community of practice, also with family speakers. 4 de 8
  8. 8. What is Esperanto? The sociolinguistic answer Purpose: international communication on an equal footing. A lively community of practice, also with family speakers. The norm is dictated by fluent speakers (no authority of the native speaker can be applied here). Prescriptive grammars and the community keep the norm unified. 4 de 8
  9. 9. The project proposal Research question: language transfer or nativization?
  10. 10. The project proposal Research question: language transfer or nativization? Topic: word order, focus and intonation in Esperanto declaratives (broad, narrow and contrastive focus).
  11. 11. The project proposal Research question: language transfer or nativization? Topic: word order, focus and intonation in Esperanto declaratives (broad, narrow and contrastive focus). Novelty! No scholarly literature on the research question until now.
  12. 12. Methodology descriptive, experimental and theoretical project; 6 de 8
  13. 13. Methodology descriptive, experimental and theoretical project; experimental study: fieldwork with fluent Esperantophones Romance, Germanic and Slavic L1s in contrast; 3 groups, 4 members each. 6 de 8
  14. 14. Methodology descriptive, experimental and theoretical project; experimental study: fieldwork with fluent Esperantophones Romance, Germanic and Slavic L1s in contrast; 3 groups, 4 members each. Methodology: Gabriel’s (2010) Minimalist OT case study he studied Argentinean Spanish; theoretical adaptation needed. 6 de 8
  15. 15. Methodology descriptive, experimental and theoretical project; experimental study: fieldwork with fluent Esperantophones Romance, Germanic and Slavic L1s in contrast; 3 groups, 4 members each. Methodology: Gabriel’s (2010) Minimalist OT case study he studied Argentinean Spanish; theoretical adaptation needed. 6 de 8
  16. 16. Originality of the project New research field with further potential extensions: syntax-phonology interface, syntax, phonology, sociolinguistics, language contact, etc. A passionate team about the topic to work with: me as the Esperanto expert, Francesc (Xico) and Edoardo (Edo) for the OT case study. Learning the most vital planned language in the world, Esperanto: follow my course for the BA, with an extra assignment. Learning an up-to-date methodology: you can apply it to other languages afterwards. 7 de 8
  17. 17. Thanks for your attention! Interested? Please, drop me a message here: F.Gobbo@uva.nl All my publications are here: http:/federicogobbo.name/pub/ CC BY: $ C Federico Gobbo & Xico Torres-Tamarit & Edoardo Cavirani 2016 8 de 8

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