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Query:   Resources: History of the Italian Language
Author:  Regina Morin
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Historical Linguistics

Summary:   Earlier this semester I sent in the query "21.3684: Qs: Resources:
History of the Italian Language." My students and I would like to thank
all those who responded:

Michael Friesner of the Université du Québec à Montréal, Francesco
Gardani of the Institute for Romance Languages at the Vienna
University of Economics and Business, and Stephan Schmid,
Phonetisches Laboratorium der Universität Zürich, all suggested Martin
Maiden's "A Linguistic History of Italian," London: Longman, 1995.

Pierluigi Cuzzolin, professor of General and Historical Linguistics at the
University of Bergamo (Italy), Andrea Sansò at the Università
dell'Insubria, Como, Italy, and Federico Aurora, a PhD Fellow in the
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the
University of Oslo all suggested Zamboni, Alberto. 2000. "Alle origini
dell’italiano." Dinamiche e tipologie della transizione dal latino. Roma,
Carocci, pp. 226. The book concentrates only on the internal history of
the language. It is available at:

Cecilia Poletto from the University of Venice and Padua suggested
Lorenzo Renzi, "Introduzione alla filologia romanza," Bologna, il Mulino,
and a grammar of Old Italian which has just come out by IL Mulino (not
set in a diachronic perspective, it only describes the features of the
language spoken in Florence in the XIII century), "Grammatica
dell’italiano antico," a cura di Giampaolo Salvi e Lorenzo Renzi,
Bologna, Il Mulino 2010, 2 voll.

Erika, a Linguistic Phd Student, used the following when she was an
MA student:
L. Serianni, Lezioni di grammatica storica italiana, Roma, Bulzoni and
C. Marazzini, La storia della lingua italiana attraverso i testi, Bologna, Il
Mulino. She also suggested looking at C. Marazzini, La lingua italiana.
Profilo storico, II ed., and the following link:

Chris Sams at Stephen F. Austin State University suggested Bruno
Migliorini's "Storia della lingua italiana" or his Italian Language
(Abridged and recast by T. Gwynfor Griffith). Storia is out of print in the
US, but can be purchased from Italy. Italian Language is still available
in the US. There is a Spanish translation of "Historia de la lengua
italiana" available in the US as well. He also uses Tore Jansen's A
Natural History of Latin.

Peggy Renwick, a graduate student at Cornell University suggested
"Romance Languages: A Historical Introduction," by Ti Alkire and Carol
Rosen. This book uses as its basis comparisons between Spanish,
Italian and French, with excursions into Portuguese, Romanian, and
other Romance languages. The book was recently reviewed on
LINGUIST List; and is available at the URL:

LL Issue: 21.4730
Date Posted: 25-Nov-2010
Original Query: Read original query


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