Ricardo’s seminar tour of Northern Europe (still counting England)

Posted on October 21, 2019 by

Love of phonology has taken Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero to various corners of the world over the years. The northernmost destination, in this context, has to be Tromsø. Tromsø is the home of Norway’s Arctic University, which is the world’s northernmost university, and our own Pat’s alma mater. Ricardo visited there first in 2007, where he spoke at the 30th GLOW Conference. He is now coming back to give a colloquium talk today (21st October) on ‘Lexically restricted phonological alternation: the case for via-rules’. Ricardo is looking forward to the phonological discussions, the Northern Lights and all the fish.

It is a very busy travel schedule for him these days, as he’s off to Oxford soon after (28th October), where he will give a seminar talk on ‘The raising alternation in Spanish third-conjugation verbs: Relating listed stems’. He is looking forward to the phonological discussions there, the architecture and all the scones. Note that Ricardo does not recycle his seminar talks, which is equal parts scary and impressive.


The featured photo is an objectively attractive image of Tromsø from Google. The photo below comes from Pat’s private collection. It was taken at the Tromsø Polar Museum, and it illustrates the daily hardships of life in the Arctic.