John J Kinder

John J Kinder first learned Italian at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. After a PhD thesis on the language of Italian migrants in New Zealand, he taught Italian at Victoria, James Cook University, Flinders University and, since 1988, the University of Western Australia. He has published on the language of Italian migration, modern grammar of Italian, and archival record of Italian in Australia before 1945. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Corresponding Member of the Accademia della Crusca.

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A Linguistic History of Italy »

Storia Linguistica d'Italia

Italy has a long and fascinating history that has been recorded since the earliest days of Rome itself: we know how politics, ideas, culture, art, architecture, music and much more, have developed over nearly three millennia. At the heart of the life of the peoples of the Italian peninsula and islands is their language. A Linguistic History of Italy tells the story of how the language spoken in Italy developed from Latin to multiple dialects, to the selection of Florentine for a national written language and how Italian became the common language of the entire nation. At each step on this amazing journey language intertwines with other components of Italian social life. The chapters of A Linguistic History of Italy take you through the history of Italian society, art, ideas and language. The chapters focus on the turning points in language history – when Latin ‘became’ Romance, when local dialects were first used in writing, when Florentine was selected as the national language for literature, when Italian became the ‘national language’ – and show how those moments only fully make sense when seen in a broader context. The text is written in both English and Italian, so you can improve your linguistic skills while immersing yourself in Italian culture. And the many images give a visual feast of Italian beauty through the centuries.