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Title: Pronunce Straniere dell'Italiano (ProSIt)
Written By: Luciano Canepari
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 53

In a few short initial chapters, Natural Phonetics and Tonetics are
presented, including neutral (or 'standard') Italian pronunciation (and a
concise indication of regional pronunciations, which are very remarkable,
in Italy). Very accurate descriptions of 43 language groups of foreign
accents of Italian follow, with precise figures and symbols. Starting from
the single chapters, teachers and students can identify and prevent
pronunciation problems, by preparing general or personalized phono-tonetic
teaching strategies.

Although a basic knowledge of the Italian language is highly welcome, the
many illustrations and transcriptions can speak for themselves.

Presentazione della fonetica e tonetica naturali in alcuni capitoli
iniziali, che comprendono anche la pronuncia italiana neutra (o 'standard')
e sinteticamente quelle regionali. Seguono le descrizioni molto accurate di
43 gruppi d¹accenti stranieri dell¹italiano, coll'impiego di figure e
simboli precisi. Insegnanti e studenti, partendo dai singoli capitoli,
possono identificare i problemi di pronuncia e prevenirli, preparando
strategie fonodidattiche generali o personalizzate.

La pronuncia italiana
0.1. Generalità.
0.2. Vocali.
0.3. Consonanti.
0.4. Strutture prosodiche.
0.5. Strutture intonative.
0.6. Testo in trascrizione.
0.7. Pronuncia tradizionale e altro.

Accenti germanici
1.1. Inglese (con varianti).
1.2. Tedesco (con varianti).
1.3. Nederlandese (olandese e fiammingo).
1.4. Danese.
1.5. Norvegese
1.6. Svedese.
1.7. Islandese.

Accenti romanzi
2.1. Francese (con varianti).
2.2. Spagnolo (con varianti).
2.3. Portoghese (lusitano e brasiliano).
2.4. Romeno (e moldavo).

Accenti slavi
3.1. Russo (con ucraino e bielorusso).
3.2. Polacco.
3.3. 'Ex-cecoslovacco' (ceco e slovacco).
3.4. 'Ex-iugoslavo' (croato, serbo, bosníaco, macedone, sloveno). Bulgaro.

Accenti bàltici
4.1. Lèttone.
4.2. Lituano.

Accenti uràlici
5.1. Ungherese.
5.2. Finlandese.
5.3. Estone.

Accenti isolati
6.1. Albanese (tosco e ghego).
6.2. Greco (e cipriota).
6.3. Armeno e georgiano.

Accenti afro-asiatici
7.1. Maltese.
7.2. Arabo (e berbero).
7.3. Ebraico (Israele).
7.4. Amarico (Etiopia).
7.5. Somalo.

Accenti indo-irànici
8.1. Persiano (Iran).
8.2. Hindi (India &c).

Accenti austronesiani
9.1. Filippino.
9.2. Indonesiano.

Accenti altaici
10.1. Turco.
10.2. Mongolo.
10.3. Coreano.
10.4. Giapponese.

Accenti sino-tibetani
11.1. Cinese (mandarino &c).

Accenti austro-asiatici
12.1. Cambogiano (khmer).
12.2. Vietnamita.

Accenti niger-congo
13.1. Africano centroccidentale.

Accenti neo-melanesiani
14.1. Tok pisin (pidgin).

Accenti tai
15.1. Tailandese (siamese).

16. Bibliografia.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Italian
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9783895867306
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 334
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