Geopolitica della lingua italiana

Journal title FUTURIBILI
Author/s de Leitenburg Mainardo Benardelli
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2008/2-3
Language Italian Pages 23 P. 139-161 File size 446 KB
DOI 10.3280/FU2008-002015
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The geopolitics of the Italian language - Language is one of the most widely discussed questions in Italian social and literary history, and Italian has recently been dropped from the list of official languages in the European Community. The author presents a historical overview starting from the 13th century, which saw the beginning of popular literature in poetry, and comprising the development of written and spoken Italian from traditional regional literature to the evolution of the dolce stilnovo, the appearance in the 19th century of the language of Manzoni and his antagonists, the composition of the first Dictionary of the Italian language and the practice of transferring teachers and national service conscripts from one part of the country to another so as to spread a standard language over the whole territory. The article concludes with the observation that language changes over time and that its current written and spoken form is the result of standardisation produced by the population's exposure to the mass media.

de Leitenburg Mainardo Benardelli, Geopolitica della lingua italiana in "FUTURIBILI" 2-3/2008, pp 139-161, DOI: 10.3280/FU2008-002015