This lecture will be in Slovenian, with English glosses provided as needed.
Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) is Slovenia's most recognized poet internationally. Through numerous English translations of his work, many of them by leading American poets, and thanks to a steady presence on this continent Šalamun exerted nearly as great an influence on the course of North American poetry in the late 20th century as on Slovenian. Parental and familial ties to Trieste and a childhood spent on the multilingual Slovene Adriatic Littoral already predisposed Šalamun to the linguistic polyphony that is one of the hallmarks of his poetry. Vesna Mikolič will present the results of statistical analyses that she has performed on the entirety of Šalamun published poetic work spanning five decades, from 1965 through 2015.
A native of Koper (Capo d’Istria), Vesna Mikolič received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Ljubljana with a dissertation titled Language as an expression of ethnic consciousness in the nationally heterogeneous region of Slovenian Istria. At the University of the Adriatic Littoral she serves as Chair of the Institute of Linguistic Studies. She is the author of over 200 published articles and conference presentations on topics including language and culture, language and ethnic identity, bilingualism, intercultural communication, and discourse analysis in science, literature and tourism. A bibliography of her work is available here.
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