ERIC Number: ED197621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Linguistic Classification in Italy: Problems and Predictions.
Joseph, John Earl
Language Problems and Language Planning, v4 n2 p131-40 Sum 1980
The schema generally used to describe the linguistic situation in Italy includes two categories: dialetto regionale (regional dialect) and italiano regionale (regional Italian). These stand apart from the widely accepted sociolinguistic model "variety--dialect--language." It is demonstrated that both these categories should be treated simply as dialects, the dialetto regionale an "old" dialect stemming directly from Proto-Romance, and the italiano regionale a "new" dialect resulting from a relatively recent fragmentation of standard (Tuscan) Italian. Should the original Italian dialects ("sister" dialects of Tuscan) die out within a few generations, they will not have vanished entirely: the italiani regionali, continuing some of the old dialects' structural features, may remain and become the Italian dialects of the future. (Author)
Descriptors: Descriptive Linguistics, Diachronic Linguistics, Italian, Language Classification, Language Maintenance, Regional Dialects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on International Language Problems, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Italy