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Marcos-Marin Noted Speaker at Conferences in Pakistan & Germany

November 18, 2016

Dr.  Francisco Marcos-Marín was the keynote speaker at the International Conference of the Pakistani Linguistic Association at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, where he delivered the inaugural lecture on October 18. Marcos-Marín is Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UTSA.  At the conference he spoke on “Historical Linguistics: Afro-Romanic and the origins of Ibero-Romance languages.”

In his lecture he noted that little has been said about Latin in Roman Africa, its development, the use of Afro-Romanic variants by Berbers in al-Andalus after the Islamic conquest (711 AD), and the contact among those variants and Ibero-Romance. His research was presented from the linguistic and the Romance Philology perspectives.

While in Lahore, Marcos-Marín also completed additional research on the Arabic manuscripts in the University Library and the Harara seals in the Museum, related to the Indus Valley script, a subject on which he had worked extensively in the past.

From Lahore, he travelled to Bonn, Germany, where he was also plenary speaker, at the Coloquio Internacional Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn: El pluricentrismo de la cultura lingüística hispánica y sus reflejos en los medios de comunicación masiva – perspectivas empíricas. He delivered his lecture, in Spanish, titled “The Myth of Policentrism and the Reality of Translation” where he discussed the Ontology of Pluricentrism and analyzed the concept of linguistic standard in mass media in Spanish in the United States and other aspects of the use of Spanish in translation.

Both presentations will be published shortly.

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