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Query:   Mobile diphthongs in Italian
Author:  Bart van der Veer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis

Summary:   DEAR LINGUISTS, CARI LINGUISTI,

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WHO REPLIED TO MY QUERY POSTED
ON 19 DEC. 2001 (QS. 12.3134) ABOUT THE USE OF MOBILE DIPHTHONGS IN MODERN
STANDARD ITALIAN: (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:) M. TJALVE, A. SANS����. BISETTO,
P. MENZEL, C. SORIA, P.M. BERTINETTO, G.C. BUOIANO (I SUPPOSE THE DIPHTHONG
IS UNSTRESSED HERE...), E. MELLANDER, R. VIREDAZ, M. SANTINI, O. BRIZIO, L.
MINERVINI, J. NICOD (PALMA), V. CAVALLI-SFORZA, G. SABADUQUIA, F. DEL GOBBO,
C. VESSELLA AND M. GROLL鮊THE OUTCOME WAS MORE OR LESS WHAT I EXPECTED. ALTHOUGH TEMPORRARY GRAMMARS
AND DICTIONARIES STILL TREAT THE PHENOMENON OF THE MOBILE DIPHTHONG
(DITTONGO MOBILE) AS IF IT WERE SOME GRAMMATICAL RULE, THE UNSTRESSED
VOWEL/STRESSED DIPHTHONG ALTERNATION (E.G. FUOCO-FOCHERELLO, MUOVO-MOVIAMO)
SEEMS NO LONGER PHONOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE. IF ALTERNATION TAKES PLACE, THIS
IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED AS ARCHAIC, LITERARY OR DIALECTAL. HOWEVER,
EXCEPTIONS MAY OCCUR EVEN IN THE STANDARD LANGUAGE.
GRAZIE A TUTTI E CORDIALI SALUTI!

BART VAN DER VEER
HOGER INSTITUUT VOOR VERTALERS EN TOLKEN ANTWERPEN/UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
CENTER FOR LINGUISTICS

LL Issue: 13.465
Date Posted: 19-Feb-2002
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