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Josh Brown

Joshua Brown

Postdoktor

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Works at Department of Romance Studies and Classics
Telephone 08-16 34 44
Email joshua.brown@su.se
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 4 och 5 samt 10 C plan 5
Room C 518
Postal address Romanska och klassiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I completed undergraduate degrees in Arts and Economics with majors in French, Italian and Econometrics, followed by an Honours dissertation in Italian Studies at The University of Western Australia. My Honours thesis was a linguistic reading of Castiglione’s Il libro del Cortegiano of 1528. My passion for all things Italian and linguistic led me to pursue a PhD in history of the Italian language, focussing on the tuscanisation of merchant writing sent from Milan in the late 14th century. I was fortunate enough to make use of documents from the voluminous Datini Archive in Prato, Tuscany, whose more than 150,000 documents have been almost all scanned and are available for viewing online. My research interests have continued in this vein, but have shifted to broader issues of language variation, koineization, and historical contact between vernaculars in medieval Italy.

Teaching

I have coordinated several units and taught widely. I have taught Italian language acquisition units as well as courses on Italian film, the history of Italy, opera, Italian Romanticism, the linguistic history of Italy as well as novels by Natalia Ginzburg, Leonardo Sciascia, Italo Calvino and others.

Research

Books

In press. Early evidence for Tuscanisation in the letters of Milanese merchants in the Datini Archive, Prato, 1396-1402. Classe di Lettere, Scienze Morali e Storiche, vol. XLVI.  (Milan: Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere).

2014. John J. Kinder and Joshua J. Brown, Canon Raffaele Martelli in Western Australia 1853-1864: life and letters, (Northcote, Victoria: Morning Star), iv + 334 pp. ISBN: 9781925208498.

 

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

In press. “Una memoria quattrocentesca in volgare lombardo”. Invited contribution to the journal La lingua italiana: storia, strutture, testi.

In press. “The Influence of Milan on the Development of the Lombard Koinè in Fifteenth-Century Italy: the letters of Elisabetta of Pavia”, Quaderni d’Italianistica.

2017. “The multilingual network of a 14th century Tuscan merchant: Francesco di Marco Datini and his correspondence.” In E.-M. Wagner, B. Beinhoff & B. Outhwaite (Eds), Merchants of Innovation. The languages of traders. Studies in Language Change, (Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton), pp.235-251.

2016. Brown, J. and Caruso, M. “Access Granted: Modern Languages and Issues of Accessibility at University. A case study from Australia”, Language Learning in Higher Education 6: 2, pp.453-471.

2015. Caruso, M. and Brown, J. “Broadening units to broadened horizons: The impact of New Courses 2012 on enrolments in Italian at the University of Western Australia”, Babel 50: 1, pp.24-37.

2015. “Testimonianze di una precoce toscanizzazione nelle lettere commerciali del mercante milanese Francesco Tanso in Archivio Datini”, Forum Italicum 49: 3, pp.683-714.

2014. Brown, J. and Caruso, M. “New Courses 2012: the impact on enrolments in Italian at the University of Western Australia.” In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds), Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education. Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching, pp.39-53.

2014. Caruso, M. and Brown, J. “Innovative translation. Dubbing films in Italian with iMovie.” In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds), Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education. Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching, pp.507-518.

2013. “Transcribing the Italian Correspondence of Canon Raffaele Martelli in the New Norcia Archives, 1853-1864”, New Norcia Studies, 21: 73-82.

2013. “Language variation in 15th century Milan: evidence of koineization in the letters (1397-1402) of the Milanese merchant Giovanni da Pessano”, Italian Studies, 68: 1, pp.57-77.

2012. “Evidence for early Tuscanisation in the commercial letters from the Milanese merchant Giovannino da Dugnano (?-1398) in the Datini Archive in Prato”, Italica 89: 4, pp.464-488.

 

Reviews

In press. Review of: Michele Colombo (ed.). 2016. Passione Trivulziana. Armonia evangelica volgarizzata in milanese antico. Edizione critica e commentata, analisi linguistica e glossario (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 406). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Published in: Italian Studies.

2016. Review of: Stefano Girola (ed.), Report of Rosendo Salvado to Propaganda Fide in 1883 (Northcote, Victoria: Morning Star Publishing, 2015). Published in The Record.

2013. Review of Elizabeth Tyler (ed.), Conceptualizing Multilingualism in Medieval England, c. 800-c.1250, Brepols, Turnhout, 2012. Published in Parergon 30: 2, pp.254-256.

2012. Review of Filippo Salvatore, “La presenza dell’italiano nel Canada francese”. In Identità e diversità nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana (Firenze: Cesati, 2007), pp.413-430. Published in Rivista italiana di dialettologia 35, p.520.

2012. Review of Lorenzo Rocchi, “La lingua di chi è emigrato. Un’indagine tra la Sicilia e l’Inghilterra”, Altreitalie, pp. 129-156. Published in Rivista italiana di dialettologia 35, p.510.

2011. Report on ACIS-Cassamarca Scholarship, in Italy under the Southern Cross, ed. Gino Moliterno and David Moss, Panada Press, p.262.

2008. Review of Richard Freadman, This Crazy Thing a Life, Perth, UWA Press, 2007. Published in Limina 14, pp.115-116.

 

Blog posts

2017. “Language Variation in Renaissance Italy”, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies website. Available at: https://acis.org.au/2017/03/25/language-variation-in-renaissance-italy/

2017. “Remove Barriers and Languages will flourish”, Humtank (Swedish think tank for the Humanities) website. Available at: http://humtank.se/josh-brown-remove-barriers-languages-will-flourish/

2015. “Access Granted: Modern Languages and Issues of Accessibility at University”, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies website. Available at: http://acis.org.au/2016/01/14/access-granted-modern-languages-and-issues-of-accessibility-at-university/

2013. “Tuscany Meets Milan @ Datini Office™ 1382”, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies website. Available at: http://acis.org.au/2013/10/07/tuscany-meets-milan-datini-office%E2%98%9E-1382/

 

Last updated: October 19, 2017

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