The Hugo Valentin Centre

The New Speakers of Wymysorys: the reconstitution of the local language and sociolinguistic identity in Wilamowice

  • Date: 9/28/2017 at 10:15 AM 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hugo Valentin - centrum, Engelska parken Thunbergsvägen 3D, 1 tr, Hugo Valentin-rummet
  • Lecturer: Robert Borges
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  • Organizer: Hugo Valentin-centrum
  • Contact person: Carl Henrik Carlsson
  • Phone: 070-5555722
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Robert Borges, postdoctoral fellow at the Hugo Valentin Centre, presents his research project. Wymysorys is a severely endangered West Germanic language, spoken in the town of Wilamowice, Poland, on the border between Silesia and Lesser Poland. Despite complete cessation of intergenerational transmission, a group of children and young adults have begun speaking the language again.

Robert Borges received his PhD in linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, in 2014. The title of his dissertation was The Life of Language: Dynamics of language contact in Suriname. He has also written numerous articles.