A linguistic history of Venice
2007, cm 17 x 24, 322 pp. con 3 figg. n.t.
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This is the first comprehensive study of the history, status and structures, past and present, of Venetian. It provides a full, contextualised account, using detailed linguistic and historical data, of the emergence of Venetian in the medieval period, of its evolving status as a written as well as spoken medium within the Republic of Venice and of its enduring prestige as a spoken ‘dialect’ in an Italy rapidly moving towards monolingualism.
Ronnie Ferguson is Full Professor of Italian at the University of St Andrews, where he is also Head of the School of Modern Languages. His specialisms are historical linguistics, dialectology, the language and culture of Venice, Renaissance comedy and identity studies.
Ronnie Ferguson è Ordinario d’Italiano all’Università di St Andrews dove dirige la School of Modern Languages. Si occupa di linguistica storica, dialettologia, lingua e cultura veneziana, commedia rinascimentale e studi identitari.