The Sounds, Forms, and Uses of Italian: An Introduction to Italian Linguistics

By Gianrenzo P. Clivio and Marcel Danesi

© 2000

Here, at last, is a text on Italian linguistics that clearly presents all of the key concepts in a form designed specifically for English-speaking students. This unique book will fill a major gap in the curriculum of undergraduate and graduate programs in Italian linguistics.

The authors explain complex linguistics ideas in a logical, succinct, and accessible style. Subjects and concepts such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, and variation are treated in detail, using carefully selected examples. The follow-up activities at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for review and practical application, with questions that invite reflection and additional research.

"The Sounds, Forms, and Uses of Italian" will serve as a basic reference for anyone with an interest in the Italian language. Teachers of Italian at all levels will find it a valuable resource, and students will appreciate the clarity and ease with which it guides them through a difficult subject.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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Filling a major gap in the curriculum of undergraduate and graduate programs in Italian linguistics, this is a text on Italian linguistics that clearly presents all of the key concepts in a form designed specifically for English-speaking students.

The Sounds, Forms, and Uses of Italian: An Introduction to Italian Linguistics

By Gianrenzo P. Clivio and Marcel Danesi

© 2000

Here, at last, is a text on Italian linguistics that clearly presents all of the key concepts in a form designed specifically for English-speaking students. This unique book will fill a major gap in the curriculum of undergraduate and graduate programs in Italian linguistics.

The authors explain complex linguistics ideas in a logical, succinct, and accessible style. Subjects and concepts such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, and variation are treated in detail, using carefully selected examples. The follow-up activities at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for review and practical application, with questions that invite reflection and additional research.

"The Sounds, Forms, and Uses of Italian" will serve as a basic reference for anyone with an interest in the Italian language. Teachers of Italian at all levels will find it a valuable resource, and students will appreciate the clarity and ease with which it guides them through a difficult subject.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'The two authors have skillfilly synthesized an esoteric subject so that even a college student enrolled in Italian Linguistics 101 can easily understand this basic textbook and can enrich his/her knowledge of Italian... anyone using this textbook will find it to be a positive asset to his personal library, and all students of Italian linguistics should definitely acquire this volume.'


    Geolinguistics

    'An outstanding and long-awaited introduction to Italian linguistics.'


    Hermann W. Haller, Department of European Languages and Literatures, Queens College, City Univesity of New York

    'This is a textbook that I would both use and recommend to my colleagues and to my students ... It is a first-rate introduction to Italian linguistics which the profession needs ... This book fills a basic gap in textbooks for the Italian undergraduate and graduate curricula.'


    Frank Nuessel, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, University of Louisville
  • Author Information

    The late Gianrenzo P. Clivio was Professor, Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto.



    Marcel Danesi is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.

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