Mal­tese Lan­guage Acad­emy con­cerned about plans to re­de­velop his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant Villa Frere

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Mal­tese Lan­guage Acad­emy notes with dis­ap­point­ment the pend­ing pro­posal for two vil­las in Pi­età to be de­vel­oped into homes for the el­derly.

“It is so dis­ap­point­ing to see that build­ings with his­tor­i­cal links to our lan­guage are be­ing used for spec­u­la­tion and for wealth gen­er­a­tion,” the Acad­emy said in a press re­lease is­sued this af­ter­noon.

It went on to ex­plain that Mikiel An­ton Vas­salli – an in­stru­men­tal fig­ure for his con­tri­bu­tion to the Mal­tese lan­guage through his pub­li­ca­tion of the first Mal­tese-Ital­ian dic­tionary as well as mul­ti­ple gram­mar books – re­ceived as­sis­tance from John Hookham Frere who was Pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity Coun­cil.

Through Frere’s help, An­ton Vas­salli be­came the first Pro­fes­sor of Mal­tese at the Univer­sity of Malta.

Fur­ther­more, Villa Frere not only has ar­chi­tec­tural value but it also has lin­guis­tic and lit­er­ary value af­ter it be­came known that Frere met for­eign pub­lic fig­ures such as Sir Wal­ter Scott, Gabriele Ros­setti and John Davy.

Well-known Mal­tese fig­ures also met with Frere, such as Luigi Rig­ord, Ser­afino Mar­mara, Saver Caru­ana, Vin­cent Borg Brared and Gior­gio Grognet.

Many aca­demics con­sulted with Frere inside the his­tor­i­cal villa, most fa­mously Mikiel An­ton Vas­salli. The pair cer­tainly walked through the gar­dens at Villa Frere while for­mu­lat­ing the road ahead for the Mal­tese lan­guage.

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