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Query Details

Query Subject:   Mystery Language Song
Author:   Salvatore Attardo
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   With apologies about the somewhat frivolous nature of the request, a
former student of mine has asked me to identify the language in which
this song, sang by her father in the nineteenseventies, is sung.
Unfortunately, the recording is only nine seconds long. The father's
origin is Italian, Piedmontese, to be more precise, but the song doesn't
seem to be in any Italian dialect I am aware of.

The sound clip can be downloaded at the following address.


Please direct your replies directly to me and I will forward them to the
student. Thank you.

Salvatore Attardo, Prof.
English Department
1 University Plaza
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
LL Issue: 16.2088
Date posted: 06-Jul-2005


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