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Between migration and linguistics: Greeks in Western Europe and the emergence of contrastive grammar in the Renaissance (c.1390–1600)

Project description

The rise of contrastive grammar in the Middle Ages

Despite today’s concerns about the challenges posed by migration, history reveals how migration could represent new opportunities and have a positive impact. The migration flow from the Byzantine Greek empire in the late Middle Ages and particularly after the fall of Constantinople in Europe represented a first major brain drain from the East to the West. Western Europeans met a new culture and a language with a rich cultural and grammatical tradition. The EU-funded MigraLing project will study the impact migrants had on the transformation of grammar from a monolingual Latin-centric specialised knowledge to a multilingual discipline taking into consideration that the teaching of the Greek language led to contrastive access to language studies.

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Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 214 158,72