21 Mar 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Malta


On the 21st March, Prof. Manwel Mifsud will be giving a public talk in Maltese on the Gozitan folk singer Fredu Spiteri il-Lavarist at 6.30pm in the Engineering Lecture Theatre (ELT) of the University of Malta.

The talk, Mistur u minsi: Fredu Spiteri (il-Lavarist), is the eighth in a series organised by the Department of Maltese of the Faculty of Arts as part of its project on Oral Traditions. Entrance to the talk is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Fredu Spiteri (1929-1965), also known as il-Lavarist or Tal-Pitrolju, was a Gozitan għannej (folksinger) and makkjettist (għana and makkjetta composer and singer) whose lyrics and charisma on stage pulled the crowds of Gozitans and Maltese. During the talk, Manwel Mifsud will be playing rare recordings of Fredu Spiteri’s għana.

Above: Fredu Spiteri


Prof. Manwel Mifsud is a leading authority on the Maltese language. For many years, he was head of the Department of Maltese at the Faculty of Arts at the University, and the first president of the National Council for the Maltese Language. He was also secretary of the international association of Arabic dialectology, AIDA (Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe), and editor of its conference proceedings.

Above: Prof. Manwel Mifsud


His main research interests include the history of the Maltese language, its synchronic and diachronic morphology, language contact, and language planning. His seminal work, Loan Verbs in Maltese: A Descriptive and Comparative Study (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1995), is a description of the processes by which Romance and English loan verbs have been integrated to varying degrees into the Arabic structure of Maltese morphology. Manwel Mifsud has been producing and presenting a popular programme on the Maltese language on RTK radio, Seħer il-Malti, for many years. He is also an expert on popular Maltese song.

The project about It-Tradizzjoni Orali is supported by Klabb Kotba Maltin. More information on this talk and on the project is available here. Light refreshments will be served after the talk.

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