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"Italian is a place where it rains within". Conversations on language and dialects: "Among the whirlpools of Italian: reflections on ongoing linguistic changes", conference by Vera Gheno



The Italian Institute of Culture and the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics of Concordia University, as part of the series of conferences entitled "Italian is a place where it rains within. Conversations on language and dialects", are pleased to present Vera Gheno's lecture entitled "Among the whirlpools of Italian: reflections on ongoing linguistic changes". Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, and Dario Brancato, professor of Concordia University, present the topics of the conference and moderate the debate.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2020, 2pm (Montréal), 8pm (Rome)

Registration required

Since Italian has become the language of Italians, it has evidently been subject to ever faster and often destabilizing changes, at least for the common speaker. We explore the far from linear path of our language, focusing on hot topics such as the language of social media, youth language, the massive entry of foreign terms and gender issues.

Vera Gheno, sociolinguist specializing in digital communication and translator from Hungarian, collaborated with the Accademia della Crusca for twenty years. She currently works with the Zanichelli publishing house. She teaches as a lecturer at the University of Florence and at LUMSA in Rome. Her first monograph is from 2016: Guida pratica all’italiano scritto (senza diventare grammarnazi); and in 2017 Social-linguistica. Italiano e italiani dei social network(both for Franco Cesati Editore). In 2018 she was co-author of Tienilo acceso. Posta, commenta, condividi senza spegnere il cervello (Longanesi). In 2019 he published: Potere alle parole. Perché usarle meglio (Einaudi), La tesi di laurea. Ricerca, scrittura e revisione per chiudere in bellezza (Zanichelli), Prima l'italiano. Come scrivere bene, parlare meglio e non fare brutte figure (Newton Compton). Femminili singolari. Il femminismo è nelle parole (EffeQu); and in April 2020 the ebook for Longanesi Parole contro la paura. Istantanee dall’isolamento. Since September 14th she leads, with Carlo Cianetti, the program Linguacce which airs on Radio1Rai, from Monday to Friday from 3:30pm to 4:00pm.

Dario Brancato is Associate Professor of Italian Literature at Concordia University, Montreal. He is an expert of literature and culture in Renaissance Florence, the reception of the Classical tradition (Boethius and Aristotle in particular) in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and Italian linguistics and dialectology. He has published many articles and one monograph (Il Boezio di Benedetto Varchi. Edizione critica del volgarizzamento della “Consolatio Philosophiae” (1551), Olschki, 2018), and collaborates with several research centres in Europe and North America. In 2014-2015, he was a recipient of a fellowship at Villa I Tatti in Florence (Harvard University).


Date: Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Time: At 2:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

In collaboration with : Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Lingu

Entrance : Free