The inflectional morphology of Romance languages often receives attention, but genuinely comparative, interpretative, pan-Romance, overviews remain rare. The project will provide a general description of the structure of the Romance verb paradigm, but the central research question is the true extent of ‘morphomic’, autonomously morphological, structures in the Romance inflectional system, and their importance in diachronic change in the paradigmatic system.
This project aims to map and analyse the multiple engagements of various Caribbean countries with the complex and vexed process that is globalization since 1493 (when Columbus landed in Guadeloupe). The region has undoubtedly been the source of a number of the literary-critical paradigms by which we understand this process. Examples of these include: Créolité, creolisation, la relation, the Commonwealth, world literature, the Black Atlantic and littérature-monde.
This project explores the value of literature as an object of knowledge, and more specifically, the cognitive value of literature in relation to other kinds of discourse. The word “seminar” is used in the title to indicate the heuristic nature of the project: the core of the work will lie in discussions designed to foster a sharper awareness of the issues that are at stake and to explore new directions in the understanding of literature.
The research project will be run at the Research Centre of St John’s College, Oxford.
The project brings together literary and linguistics specialists from the UK, France, and Spain to share methodologies in an interdisciplinary interrogation of the idea and manifestations of ‘voice’ in French literary texts from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. The topic of ‘voice’ underpins many existing analyses of medieval texts, but is rarely studied as a subject in its own right, and especially not in relation to narrative, as distinct from lyric, works.