What did the past sound like

Researchers from the University of Malta have recovered recordings of Maltese dialects from the 60s and 70s.

Studying Maltese is not just about understanding grammar and learning new vocabulary. It shines a light on Malta’s way of life, its inhabitants’ thoughts, tastes, knowledge, and culture.

Prof. Alexandra Vella, Prof. Ray Fabri, Dr Michael Spagnol and their team found and recovered old tapes from the 60s and 70s with Maltese dialects. The 92 audio samples are, thanks to this team, now preserved in a CD collection. Each audio is someone’s testimony, a sample of almost-extinct professions and lost traditions.

THINK magazine goes into detail in their latest issue, which will be released on 18 November. By scanning the QR codes found within the article, you’ll be able to hear samples of these newly-digitised recordings for yourself. Grab your free copy from the University of Malta Msida Campus.

The article is available on the THINK website [EN] [MT]


https://www.um.edu.mt/research/soundsofthepast