Italian Language Today, Second Edition

Overview

Italian as a national spoken language is a new experience for Italians; until very recently it was normal for the majority of the people to speak in a dialect, and Italian was a literary language used only by a minority. The first section of this book provides an outline of the language, and a sketch of the dialects. The authors also describe the formation of the modern standard language in its varieties (regional, social, and occupational). Part two is a reference grammar of contemporary educated Italian, ...
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Overview

Italian as a national spoken language is a new experience for Italians; until very recently it was normal for the majority of the people to speak in a dialect, and Italian was a literary language used only by a minority. The first section of this book provides an outline of the language, and a sketch of the dialects. The authors also describe the formation of the modern standard language in its varieties (regional, social, and occupational). Part two is a reference grammar of contemporary educated Italian, presented in the way it is actually used, rather than according to traditional prescription. The book concentrates on contemporary usage and will enable the reader to understand and use appropriately a wide range of expressions, characterized where necessary according to their level of formality or their regional nature. The illuminating combination of historical perspective and contemporary grammer make this a unique contribution to Italian linguistics, and an invaluable reference book for all students and scholars in the field of Italian. The second edition has been revised throughout to bring it completely up to date.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Possibly the best concise account now available in any language.
The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies
A major new contribution to the literature in English.... [The Italian Language Today] will be an essential part of the linguistics formation of every Italianist.
Times Higher Education Supplement
A stimulating and scholarly introduction to Italian for the serious student.
The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies
A major new contribution to the literature in English.... [The Italian Language Today] will be an essential part of the linguistics formation of every Italianist.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Possibly the best concise account now available in any language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941533225
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/25/1990
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,178,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Giulio Lepschy was born in Venice and studied in universities all over Europe. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading, and has traveled to North America as a visiting professor. His wife Anna Laura Lepschy has recently retired from her position as a professor at University College, London, and now travels with him as a visiting professor.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition Preface Part 1: The Linguistic Situation in Italy Italian Today A Historical View Italian Dialects Varieties of Italian Part 2: The Grammar of Italian V An Outline Phonology Spelling The Article Prepositions with the Article Conjunctions Nouns and

Adjectives Comparatives and Superlatives Adverbs Personal Pronouns Possessives Interrogatives and Relatives Negatives Demonstratives Indefinites Numerals Verbs VI Sixteen Points of Syntax Some Notes on Word Order The Use of the Article Evaluative Suffixes Compund and Juxtaposed Nouns

Position of Adjectives Agreement of Adjectives Position of Adverbs Some Constructions with/without Prepostions Agreement of Past Participles Clitic Clusters Constructions with causative and perception predicates The use of si The use of indicative past tenses The use of the subjunctive

Sequence of tenses The use of the conditional Short Bibliography; Table of main symbols used; Index

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