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The Italian Language Today - Anna-Laura Lepschy

Paperback Published: 25th January 1990
ISBN: 9780941533225
Number Of Pages: 272

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Italian as a national spoken language is a new experience for Italians; until very recently it was normal for the majority of the people to speak in a dialect, and Italian was a literary language used only by a minority. The first section of this book provides an outline of the language, and a sketch of the dialects. The authors also describe the formation of the modern standard language in its varieties (regional, social, and occupational). Part two is a reference grammar of contemporary educated Italian, presented in the way it is actually used, rather than according to traditional prescription. The book concentrates on contemporary usage and will enable the reader to understand and use appropriately a wide range of expressions, characterized where necessary according to their level of formality or their regional nature. The illuminating combination of historical perspective and contemporary grammer make this a unique contribution to Italian linguistics, and an invaluable reference book for all students and scholars in the field of Italian. The second edition has been revised throughout to bring it completely up to date.

Possibly the best concise account now available in any language.--Times Literary Supplement

Preface to the Second Edition Preface
The Linguistic Situation in Italy Italian Today
A Historical View Italian Dialects Varieties of Italian
The Grammar of Italian V
An Outline Phonology Spelling***
The Article Prepositions with the Article Conjunctions Nouns and Adjectives Comparatives and Superlatives Adverbs
Personal Pronouns
Possessives Interrogatives and Relatives Negatives
Indefinites Numerals
Verbs VI
Sixteen Points of Syntax
Some Notes on Word Order
The Use of the Article
Evaluative Suffixes Compund and Juxtaposed Nouns
Position of Adjectives Agreement of Adjectives Position of Adverbs
Some Constructions with/without Prepostions Agreement of Past
Participles Clitic Clusters Constructions with causative and perception predicates
The use of si
The use of indicative past tenses
The use of the subjunctive Sequence of tenses
The use of the conditional Short Bibliography
Table of main symbols used
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ISBN: 9780941533225
ISBN-10: 0941533220
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th January 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.87  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised