LINGUIST List 12.3134

Wed Dec 19 2001

Qs: Italian Diphthongs, Essays/Discourse Analysis

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  1. Bart van der Veer, Italian diphthongs/'dittongo mobile"
  2. Abdellatif Sellami, Essay test analysis

Message 1: Italian diphthongs/'dittongo mobile"

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 21:06:01 +0100
From: Bart van der Veer <>
Subject: Italian diphthongs/'dittongo mobile"

Dear reader,

This question is directed to native speakers of modern standard
Italian. Its topic is the mobile diphthong (dittongo mobile). I would
like to know if the vowel/diphthong alternation still takes place in
(for example) the following word pairs:

fuoco - f(u)ocherello - inf(u)ocare
piede - piedino (pedino?) - p(j)ediera
tiepido - t(i)epidino
buono - b(u)onino - b(u)onissimo
lieve - lievissimo (levissimo?)
stuoio - st(u)oino
cuoco - c(u)ocevo
siedo - s(i)eder=F2
nuovo - n(u)ovismo
suono - s(u)onatore
mieto - m(i)etitore
dieci - d(i)ecina
pietra - imp(i)etrito
scuoto - sc(u)otimento

If you want to reply, would you please be so kind to mention your
origins and the region you live now. Feel free to explain your
answers. Grazie mille!

Bart van der Veer
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Message 2: Essay test analysis

Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 03:57:23
From: Abdellatif Sellami <>
Subject: Essay test analysis

Dear fellow linguists,

I'm looking at foreign language students' intercultural competence using 
questionnaires, interviews and essay tests. I'm particularly interestd in 
students' aspects of knowledge, empathy and attitudes towards the target 
culture and its people (in terms of description, explanation, 

I'd be more than thankful for any comments and advice on how to analyse 
essays written by students on aspects of education, family relationships, 
religion, leisure, etc. Ideas regarding a discourse analysis approach will 
be of particular value.

If you could suggest any sources you may be aware of, I'd be really 

Thanks a million.
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