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December 9, 2016

Public Lecture on History of the Italian Language

Public Lecture on History of the Italian Language

Today's Italian is a language different from other European languages, a special language, which originated in the Middle Ages.


Karazin University has held a public lecture given by the Full Professor of Italian Linguistics from Gabriele D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Antonio Sorella. The initiators of the event were the University Ukrainian-Italian Academic Center and the Department of Romance Philology and Translation of the School of Foreign Languages.

During the lecture, Mr. Sorella acquainted the attendees with the peculiarities of the origin and development of the Italian language. “Today's Italian is a language different from other European languages, a special language, which originated in the Middle Ages. The fall of the Roman Empire laid the foundation for the gradual process of mixing of Latin with the languages of the tribes and ethnic groups that inhabited Europe at that time. This is what brought about the emergence of the Italian language,” pointed out the professor.

Reviewing the written sources, the lecturer emphasized that the first attempts to use Italian dates back to the IV century. In the ІХ century, the Latin language continued to be used in preparing written documents, but most people were already spoking the ancient Italian language. People used linguistic structures of Latin and Italian in the notarial documents. According to Professor Sorella, the study of the process of the language emergence is impossible without the study of the historical context. The economic growth of Italian cities, the development of trade and banking conditioned the establishment of the Italian language.

The professor pointed out that the Italian literary language is based on the Tuscan dialect. He also spoke about how words transform from Latin into Italian, differences in word formation, substitution of the system of cases used in Latin with the system of prepositions.

Originally posted on univer.kharkov.ua