Italian Varieties & Dialects (MLI3028)

15 credits

Italy offers a fascinating range of languages and varieties. Italian, the national language, has been standardized very late and dialects of Italy which are not varieties of Italian but different Romance languages, are still widely spoken. In this module students are introduced to the actual linguistic structures of social and regional varieties of Italian, those of the Italian dialects and to language contact between Italian and the dialects of Italy. A wide range of linguistic examples from these varieties are presented and discussed; both texts and audiovisual excerpts are analysed.