Using Italian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage

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Reviewing key points, this guide to Italian usage is intended for students who have acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their fluency and confidence. It pays special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause the most difficulty to English-speakers, and consideration is given throughout to questions of style and register. The text will be an essential reference for learners seeking access to the finer nuances of the Italian language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521485562
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.65 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

J. J. Kinder is Associate Professor of Italian at the Department of European Language and Studies, University of Western Australia. He has published widely on the Italian language spoken by migrants and their children.

V. M. Savini is tutor in Italian at the Department of European Language and Studies, University of Western Australia. He works both as a tutor and a translator.

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Table of Contents

1. Varieties of Italian; Part I. Words and their Meanings: 2. Cognates; 3. Fields of meaning; 4. Complex verbal expressions; 5. Suffixes; 6. Idioms similes proverbs; 7. Proper names; 8. Geographical names; 9. Abbreviations and acronyms; 10. Latin expressions and sayings; 11. Grammatical terms; 12. Numerals and telephone conventions; 13. Measurement; Part II. The Clause - Combining Words: 14. Gender; 15. Number; 16. Pronouns; 17. Comparison; 18. Word order; 19. Negation; 20. Periphrases; 21. Constructions with verbs of movement; 22. Auxiliary verbs in compound tenses; 23. The passive; 24. Reflexives and impersonals; Part III. The Sentence - Combining Clauses: 25. Italian prepositions; 26. English prepositions; 27. Prepositional constructions with verbs and adjectives; 28. Use of tenses; 29. Sequence of tenses; 30. The subjunctive; 31. Conditional sentences; 32. Subordination; Part IV. Texts and their Structure: 33. Interjections; 34. Fillers; 35. Transition words; Italian index; English index; Index of grammatical points; List.

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