Baylor Linguistics Club

February 5, 2009

Michael Boerm lecture, February 12, 2009

Filed under: News — baylorlingclub @ 8:33 pm

On Thursday, February 12th, in Carroll Science room 301, Dr. Michael Boerm of the Baylor Modern Foreign Languages department will deliver a special lecture. This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. The details of Dr. Boerm’s talk are included below:

Une Histoire d’Amour Millénaire: 1,000 Years of Mutual Influence between French and English

Since the Norman Invasion of 1066 the English and French languages have coexisted in close proximity to each other, in Europe, North America, and elsewhere. That prolonged geographical proximity has led to profound mutual linguistic influence that the average English- and French-speaking person is completely unaware of. This influence has extended well beyond the realm of vocabulary and has affected other subsystems of the languages (e.g. phonology, morphology, and syntax). This presentation will demonstrate and highlight the major borrowings and grammatical changes English and French have undergone due to their intertwined histories. Sociolinguistic factors and attitudes in the past and today in the anglophone and francophone worlds will also be discussed as an attempt to understand why both linguistic groups are so hesitant and often openly hostile to the notion that their beloved language could possibly have been so profoundly affected by the other.

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