Lecture Tonight | Caroline Heycock: Syntax in the North Atlantic: recent work on the language of the Faroe Islands

Wednesday 16 February | 18:00 | Appleton Tower 2 | Free for members, £1 otherwise

Syntax in the North Atlantic: recent work on the language of the Faroe Islands
Caroline Heycock
Professor of Syntax, LEL

Professor Heycock’s main research interests are in theoretical syntax with a particular focus on the Germanic languages and Japanese. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Linguistics (JL), the periodical publication of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB).

Abstract:Faroese is the national language of the Faroe Islands, located in the North Atlantic approximately midway between Shetland and Iceland. Despite having been displaced by Danish as the official language for hundreds of years, Faroese survived and is now the first language of the Faroe Islands.  The language is interesting from all sorts of viewpoints — as a symbol of national identity for a society struggling with issues of independence, as a very small language that has survived many threats but has many storms yet to weather, and, from the point of view of internal structure, as the locus of a number of changes in progress.  And on top of this, the amazingly resilient and resourceful community live in one of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in Europe.  I plan to talk about how I came to be interested in the Faroese language, give some general background on the language, and explain a bit about the work that we have been doing in collaboration with researchers from the islands.  Pictures of puffins will be included.

For further information of Professor Heycock see her staff page.

Entry is £1 and FREE to active members. Membership is £3 (£6 for non-students) and you can join on the night.

The talk will start at 6:00 p.m. and last about 1 hr. There will be a Q&A/ discussion session at 7:00 p.m. which should last abou

t half an hour.

We also meet at Assembly Bar (41 Lothian Street EH1 1HB ) after the talk at 8:00 p.m. for food and drink with the speaker.

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