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How did Dante and Manzoni pronounce Italian?

How did Dante and Manzoni pronounce Italian?
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall room 404
Time: Oct 9th, 4:00 pm End: Oct 9th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Linguistics (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 1800-1900, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Goggio Lecture by Laura and Giulio Lepschy

Professor Salvatore Bancheri, Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, cordially invites you to a public lecture:

Professors Laura and Giulio Bancheri, University College London

How did Dante and Manzoni pronounce Italian?

The bibliography on the most important Italian poet (Dante) and prose writer (Manzoni) is naturally enourmous. But, as one might expect, it deals mainly with written texts. Information about the spoken language in these texts, and in particular their pronunciation, is less easily available, more problematic, and in some ways unexpectedly surprising.

Laura Lepschy is a graduate of the University of Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She taught at the Universities of Bristol and Reading before moving on to University College London. She is Professor Emerita at the University of London, Honorary Professor of the University of Bangor, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. She has published on Italian authors from the Renaissance to the present day and on the history of taste.

Giulio Lepschy is Emeritus Professor of the University of Reading, Honorary Professor at University College London, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. He has published widely on the hsitory of linguistics and on Italian linguistics and dialectology.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.  Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca.  For further information, please contact the Department of Italian Studies.

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