The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 08/28 in HRH 2.106B @ 1:30 pm

FIGSO Working Papers Series

In this series of presentations, graduate students in the Department of French and Italian will give talks about their current projects. Please join us!

Fri, January 27, 2012 | HRH 2.118

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FIGSO Working Papers Series

Beki Post, French Graduate Student

Syntactic patterns in online Arabic-French codeswitching

This presentation details a pilot study on the syntactic patterns in
codeswitching (CS) in Computer Mediated Communication by speakers from
Tunisia and Morocco. Arabic-French data from Facebook pages based in
each country was analyzed primarily by syntactic location and
direction of each with consideration of common content as well.
Overall, the Tunisian data contains a higher frequency of switches
with distinguishable patterns within the data between countries. The
results highlight the role that the speech community may play in CS at
the syntactic level and suggest areas of future research in written
and spoken CS.

Matt Rabatin, Italian Graduate Student

Papa Don't Preach

Pietro Germi’s film Sedotta e abbandonata treats the events following impregnation of
16 year-old Agnese Ascalone, as well as the extreme measures taken in order to protect
her family’s honor. Yet, in this satire of 1960s Sicilian social and sexual mores, it is
Agnese’s father who becomes the focal point of cinematic narration. My analysis of
Sedotta e abbandonata will focus on male protagonist’s crisis of patriarchal authority
and will address issues regarding male spectatorship, the commodification of the female
body, and Germi’s own anxieties regarding Italian national identity.

Sponsored by: Department of French and Italian, FIGSO

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.


Italian Placement Testing 

Professor Antonella will be administering placement exams on Monday, August 28th in HRH 2.106B at 1:30 pm. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guranteed.

Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 

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