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Query:   Mobile diphthongs in Italian
Author:  Bart van der Veer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis

Summary:   Dear linguists, cari linguisti,

I would like to thank the following persons who replied to my query posted
on 19 Dec. 2001 (Qs. 12.3134) about the use of mobile diphthongs in Modern
Standard Italian: (in chronological order:) M. Tjalve, A. Sans?, A. Bisetto,
P. Menzel, C. Soria, P.M. Bertinetto, G.C. Buoiano (I suppose the diphthong
is unstressed here...), E. Mellander, R. Viredaz, M. Santini, O. Brizio, L.
Minervini, J. Nicod (Palma), V. Cavalli-Sforza, G. Sabaduquia, F. Del Gobbo,
C. Vessella and M. Groll?.
The outcome was more or less what I expected. Although temporary grammars
and dictionaries still treat the phenomenon of the mobile diphthong
(dittongo mobile) as if it were some grammatical rule, the unstressed
vowel/stressed diphthong alternation (e.g. fuoco-focherello, muovo-moviamo)
seems no longer phonologically productive. If alternation takes place, this
is generally considered as archaic, literary or dialectal. However,
exceptions may occur even in the standard language.
Grazie a tutti e cordiali saluti!

Bart van der Veer
Hoger Instituut voor Vertalers en Tolken Antwerpen/Universiteit Leiden
Center for Linguistics

LL Issue: 13.465
Date Posted: 19-Feb-2002
Original Query: Read original query


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