Date/Time: Thu 09 Apr / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Italian Institute of Culture
Research in Italian Studies in Melbourne (RISM)
Purists, Neo-Purists and Anti-Purists: Foreign Words in Italian, from the Fascist Campaigns to 2015
Dr Mirna Cicioni
My talk is an examination of the attitudes to foreign words in Italian in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. My starting point is the 2014 documentary Me ne frego! Il fascismo e la lingua italiana, which shows how between 1929 and 1943 linguists and journalists close to the Fascist government participated in various campaigns for what was then called l’autarchia della lingua . I then look at a number of 21st-century publications which express concern that contemporary Italian may be “flooded” and “swamped” by foreign words, most of which “unnecessary” and “snobbish”.
Mirna Cicioni has taught Italian at La Trobe and Monash. She has published widely on Primo Levi and other post-WWII Italian Jewish writers. She is currently working as a freelance community interpreter.
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