How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs
In the sixteenth century Italian was a literary language not accessible to the less educated, among them women, who would instead speak a local dialect. Little attention has been paid to women's linguistic education, but this study shows the vital role they played in developing Italian as a true mother tongue.