Gozitan author represents Malta in the ‘City of Proverbs’
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For the fifth consecutive year, the International Association of Paremiology (AIP-IAP) has organised its Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Proverbs (ICP11) in Tavira, Portugal, the ‘City of Proverbs.’ Scholars from around the world meet to attend lectures on different themes related to proverbs.
This year the president, Professor Rui João Baptista Soares, worked with the honorary Consul of Malta in Tavira, Dr Josè Lisboa, and the Maltese Embassy in Portugal to allow Malta to be represented for the first time.
Charles Daniel Saliba, a lecturer in Maltese linguistics and literature at the Sir M. A. Refalo Centre for Further Studies, was invited as a main speaker to present his plenary paper, ‘Maltese proverbs: a reflection of Mediterranean history and culture?’
Mr Saliba analysed the main works of contributors to the study of Maltese paremiology, throwing light on the language habits of Maltese society, its mentality and psychological make-up. He even demonstrated that the Mediterranean cross-currents could be detected in Maltese proverbs.
Mr Saliba also presented Professor Soares with a bibliography of published works on Maltese proverbs, to serve as a springboard for further linguistic analysis of the subject. The colloquium proceedings, to be published in November 2012, will contain this paper.
Photograph shows Charles Daniel Saliba presenting his bibliography of works on Maltese proverbs to Professor Soares.