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Michael San Filippo

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Quanti Italiani Conosci?

Saturday May 31, 2014

How many Italian languages do you know? More than you might think! In linguistics, register defines the style and type of vocabulary used in speech appropriate to the social and psychological context in which it is part of. Il Saltimbanco Parlante lists the following linguistic registers: registro colloquiale, registro medio, registro formale, and registro solenne.

Raddoppiamento Fonosintattico

Saturday May 31, 2014

In Italian, phonotactic doubling (raddoppiamento fonosintattico) refers to the "doubling" that takes place when pronouncing the initial consonant of a word linked to the previous one.

Formation of Italian Plural Nouns Ending in -IO

Saturday May 31, 2014

The plural of Italian nouns ending in -io is connected to the tonicity of the letter i and the various possible spellings.

Parchi Letterari

Wednesday May 28, 2014

If you're traveling in Italy and are interested in literature, then you might want to visit I Parchi Letterari.

"I Parchi Letterari sono parti di territori caratterizzati da diverse combinazioni di elementi naturali e umani che illustrano l'evoluzione delle comunitÓ locali attraverso la letteratura."

Italy, Home of the Calf

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Where did the name Italy originate? There are plenty of theories and some even believe that the name derives from the term Viteliu (Latin "vitulus"—or veal). Carla Marcato untangles fact from the linguistic fiction to determine il nome dell'Italia.

Banchiere

Monday May 19, 2014

In the latest newsletter from SocietÓ Dante Alighieri there's a column titled "Parole ritrovate" in which the word banchiere is examined:

La banca era un ripiano di legno su cui nella Firenze del Trecento si tenevano gli scambi di denaro; ne era proprietario il banchiere, che su di essa esponeva le monete. Nei secoli successivi i banchieri italiani (e toscani in particolare) finanziarono le imprese dei pi¨ importanti sovrani d'Europa: per questo il termine banchiere oggi Ŕ presente in varie forme nelle lingue di gran parte del continente.

Festival Madrelingua

Monday May 5, 2014

Festival madrelingua: Il festival dell'italiano tra lingua, letteratura e cultura. All'inaugurazione del festival, mercoledý 7 maggio, il lancio di "Beatrice, il social network della lingua italiana," per promuovere sul web l'italiano e le sue infinite varietÓ e straordinarie ricchezze.

Palazzo Firenze, Piazza di Firenze n. 27, Sede Centrale della SocietÓ Dante Alighieri, Roma, 7-10 maggio 2014

Cut It Out: Truncation in Italian

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Truncation, sometimes called clipping, is the word formation process which consists in the reduction of a word to one of its parts. Examples include mo' (modo » mo' di giustificaione), fra (frate » fra Giovanni), pie' (piede » pie' di pagina).

Italicized Italian (That's Not a Typo)

Saturday April 26, 2014

The use of italics in Italian is governed by certain rules and conventions. In typography, italic type is a cursive typeface based on a stylized form of calligraphic handwriting. Such typefaces often slant slightly to the right.

Soft C

Tuesday April 22, 2014

In Italian the term soft C (C dolce) refers to a sound that is similar to the English ch (as in chip).

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