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Quanti Italiani Conosci?

Sat, 31 May 2014 21:18:37 +00002014-05-31T21:18:37Z

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

Sat, 31 May 2014 21:03:52 +00002014-05-31T21:03:52Z

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

Sat, 31 May 2014 20:49:13 +00002014-05-31T20:49:13Z

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




Parchi Letterari

Wed, 28 May 2014 10:39:25 +00002014-05-28T10:39:25Z

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 comunità locali attraverso la letteratura."




Italy, Home of the Calf

Tue, 27 May 2014 10:38:12 +00002014-05-27T10:38:12Z

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

Mon, 19 May 2014 10:44:22 +00002014-05-19T10:44:22Z

In the latest newsletter from Società 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 più importanti sovrani d'Europa: per questo il termine banchiere oggi è presente in varie forme nelle lingue di gran parte del continente.




Festival Madrelingua

Mon, 05 May 2014 15:50:54 +00002014-05-05T15:50:54Z

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

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Cut It Out: Truncation in Italian

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:47:57 +00002014-04-29T18:47:57Z

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)

Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:25:45 +00002014-04-26T17:25:45Z

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

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:23:45 +00002014-04-22T15:23:45Z

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