By Martin Maiden

ISBN-10: 131789927X

ISBN-13: 9781317899273

Publish yr note: First released in 1995 via Longman Publishing

A Linguistic heritage of Italian bargains a transparent and concise rationalization of why smooth Italian grammar has turn into how it is. It makes a speciality of the consequences of ancient alterations at the glossy constitution of Italian, revealing styles and constructions which aren't continuously obvious to those that are just acquainted with smooth Italian. even though the booklet concentrates at the inner background of the language, the emergence of Italian is taken into account opposed to the broader history of the background of the Italian dialects, and different exterior elements corresponding to cultural and social impacts also are tested. Surveys of present learn are incorporated, masking a variety of phenomena lately delivered to mild or re-evaluated.

This booklet comprises dialogue of a few parts particularly missed via prior histories of the language, similar to the advance of Italian open air Italy. specific realization is paid to the impact of different Romance dialects, the linguistic results of Italian changing into a literary instead of a spoken language, and structural adaptations that have resulted from the purchase of the language through a predominantly dialect-speaking inhabitants.

Containing in actual fact awarded examples, the publication is designed to be available to these without wisdom of Italian itself. it is going to hence attract scholars of common linguistics, heritage linguistics, and Romance linguistics, in addition to these learning Italian. it's the purely significant 'internal' historical past of Italian at present on hand in English.

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There is good evidence that this is precisely what does happen (cf. Maiden (1991» and indeed we suspect that this is normally the case. Many linguistic histories make much of the distinction between phonetic (or 'allophonic') variation on the one hand and the emergence of phonemic 18 A LINGUISTIC HISTORY OF ITALIAN opposition on the other. While the notion of distinctive opposition is of absolutely fundamental importance, it is far from evident that phonemic opposition defined in terms of minimal pairs deserves to be given much weight.

2), notably in the verb. The following verb forms recapitulate virtually all of the major historical changes affecting vowels, namely diphthongization, monophthongization of [aw], anaphonesis, reduction and deletion of unstressed vowels; we give the present indicative and past participle of the verbs perdere 'to lose', pOl·tare 'to carry', tenere 'to hold', morire 'to die', udire 'to hear', stringere 'to squeeze', (gittare 'to throw'), dovere 'to owe '; in (7)-(14), the infinitive, first person singular future, and third person singular passato remoto, of parlare 'to speak' in (15), and the infinitive and first person singular future of sapere 'to know' in (16).

13. If the term 'old Italian' can be used at all, it is in the essentially geographical sense of all the various dialects used in the Middle Ages in the territory of what is now Italy, and in which Italian is now used and accepted as standard language (see also Varvaro (1984: 48 nlSS». 14. For analysis of the earliest Italo-Romance texts see, for example, Castellani (1973). IS. Since there was never any break in continuity of transmission between the spoken Latin of Italy in the Imperial period, and modem Italo-Romance, we see little advantage in distinguishing 'Vulgar Latin' from 'Proto­ Romance', or in trying to identify the point when Latin 'ended' and Romance 'began'.

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