Lexi. volume 33, issue 2017, P207-224 2018 DOI: 10.1515/lex-2017-0011 View full text
Joseph M. Brincat

Abstract: AbstractMalta’s position at the centre of the Mediterranean attracted various conquerors and settlers, but in its present form Maltese has its origins in the Arabic dialect introduced by the Muslim conquest around the year 1000. Lexical Latinisation started early under Norman rule and kept increasing steadily up to the twentieth century thanks to contact with Chancery and spoken Sicilian up to the sixteenth century, and then with Italian which was introduced by the Knights of Malta. This article traces the his…

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