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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